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Migration from South America to the North has increased significantly

In light of the massive increase in migration through the Darien Forest between Colombia and Panama, the Red Cross has warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis. “If this trend continues in the coming months, an estimated half a million people in Central America and Mexico will need humanitarian assistance,” said Martha Keyes, the International Red Cross’s regional director for the Americas, according to a statement from the agency. last night.

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According to the Panamanian government, 31,055 people crossed the Darien Gap region in August alone, more than 1,000 people per day – almost double the number in some cases per day last year. From January to August, the number was more than 100,000 – a figure reached at the end of the year in 2021. While the refugees in 2021 were mainly Haitians, so far this year they were Venezuelans Basically.

Tabon del Daren, Daren Gap, is a gulf in the Pan American Highway System on the border between South American Columbia and Central America Panama. The Red Cross describes it as one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world. The humidity is high, the mountains are impassable and the swamps are deep. From Panama is still thousands of kilometers from the border between the United States and Mexico.

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