59,773 people crossed the Darién illegally during the month of October

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From the Panamanian National Migration Service (SNM), it was reported that approximately 70% of irregular travelers bound for the United States were of Venezuelan nationality

59,773 people crossed the Darien illegally during the month of October

Venezuelan migrants climb a mountain with the intention of reaching Panama, in the Darién Gap (Colombia). File photo. EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

Located in Panama, the Darien jungle has been a clandestine crossing point for immigrants hoping to reach North America to settle in the United States. The dangerous road that has been the route of millions of people has recently seen a drastic increase in the number of irregular travelers trying their luck to reach the first world.

An example of this is the recent figure revealed by the Panamanian National Migration Service (SNM), which has indicated that during the month of October around 59,773 migrants passed through the jungle.

The Panamanian entity indicated that close to 211,355 irregular travelers have arrived in the neighboring country of Colombia during 2022, pointing out that 70.1%, which represents 148,285 people, were of Venezuelan nationality.

Precisely the people from Venezuela are the ones who are driving the migratory wave to the United States, for which reason the North American Government indicated on October 12 that all Venezuelans who are in the country having crossed the border illegally will be expelled to Mexico and will be excluded from the program through which the United States will give legal status for two years to 24,000 Venezuelans who arrive by plane and with sponsors.

Another worrying data indicated today by the Panamanian National Migration Service (SNM) was the large number of minors who have exposed themselves to cross the dangerous jungle. According to the total of more than 211,000 irregular migrants who crossed the Darién this year, 15.3% or 32,488 travelers were minors.

In this regard, the Protection officer has mentioned UNICEF Child, Margarita Sánchez: “It is one of the years with the greatest increase in people in transit in the Darién, particularly children and adolescents”.

Apart from the 70% of Venezuelans who have After crossing the Darían, Ecuadorians are in second place with 15,185 irregular travelers or 7.1%, followed by Haitians (5.8%); Cubans (2.36%), Colombians (2.2%) and Indians (1.19%).

It should be remembered that several social organizations have indicated the risks to which migrants are subjected by the criminal structures that administer illegal routes, in the same way environmental organizations have pointed out one of the problems that little or nothing has been dealt with, is the footprint of garbage that irregular travelers are leaving in the jungle, causing serious damage to the ecosystem.

The measures of the United States

A few days ago, the Acting Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States, Blas Nuñez-Neto, explained at a press conference the new immigration process for Venezuelans in said territory, this, in order to decongest the border of the southern zone of the North American country.

Nuñez-Neto asked migrants who plan to cross the Darien Gap to stay where they are, because after arriving in Mexico they would not be eligible to enter the United States under the new policy, although it is presumed that some people would seek to cross illegally.

The undersecretary assured: “People who cross into Panama or to Mexico will not be eligible. To those who are on the move, I want to say clearly that they stay where they are, that they do not enter Mexico and that they do not try to cross our border with Mexico or they will not be eligible for this legal process that has many benefits for individuals. who use it, including the ability to receive work authorization almost immediately upon entering the United States”.