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Migration Through Panama Sinks 94% From Peak, Minister Says

  • Number of daily migrants has dropped to average of 180 a day
  • Two human-smuggling operations have been broken up in region
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WATCH: Panama’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Erika Mouynes discusses the impact of inflation on the nation’s economy, immigration and relations with China.Source: Bloomberg
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The migrant crisis that was overwhelming Panamanian officials last year has slowed to a near halt, the country’s foreign minister, Erika Mouynes, said.

At the height of the crisis last year, some 2,800 migrants from Haiti and other impoverished countries were streaming into the Darien Gap, the vast jungle that blankets the south of Panama, en route to the US.