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Saturday, August 30 2014 @ 06:31 PM EDT

Slow Progress, Long Lines At The "Melting Pot" Immigration Fair

Immigration IssuesThe National Immigration Service (NMS) granted 356 temporary residence cards to foreigners living in Panama during the 9th version of the 'melting pot' fair which began last Monday and will run until Friday 22 June. Meanwhile, outside of the Arena Roberto Duran foreigners from various countries have been waiting to be served since last Saturday. Some of them say the procedure is taking too long and progress is slow, although the officials are working 24 hours a day. According to a report from Immigration so far they have normalized the status of 228 Colombians, 40 Venezuelans, 33 Nicaraguans, 30 Indians and 9 Dominicans. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: There are about three thousand people at the Roberto Duran arena, just sitting around, waiting to be taken care of. If they've only gotten through 356 in two days, then I don't see how they are going to be able to take care of everyone between now and Friday. They were expecting at least 5,000 total.

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