Costa Rica declares emergency due to migratory flow | News
Given concern about the increase in migratory flows, the president of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves, announced on Tuesday that he will sign a decree to declare a national emergency and thus regulate the transit of foreigners or deport migrants who break the laws.
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"This situation warrants declaring a declaration of national emergency due to the number of people passing through our territory," Chaves said in his weekly press conference.
In this sense, he suggested that the decree allow migrants who "behave badly" to be deported and thus put in order any dangerous situation that migrants generate towards Costa Rican citizens.
According to official data from Costa Rica, so far in September 60,000 migrants have entered from Panama through the border post in the community of Paso Canoas.
The government of Costa Rica was concerned about the migratory traffic coming from the Darién jungle, a jungle that forms the border between Colombia and Panama.
The increase in migrants has generated a collapse on Costa Rican soil despite the fact that the government of this country enabled a bus route that takes migrants to the border with Nicaragua.
The problem with this immigration solution is that the ticket costs $30 dollars per person and many of the migrants do not have enough money to pay for the ticket, which generates an agglomeration of hundreds of migrants in Paso Canoas, a town of just 20,000 inhabitants.
The government of Costa Rica announced that they will enable other bus stops to avoid the agglomeration of migrants in one place.
Likewise, he assured that measures will be taken to deport those who "behave badly" taking into account that a week ago they arrested 27 migrants in Paso Canoas for participating in riots against the police when trying to prevent street vending.
"I have instructed the Ministry of Public Security to have a firm hand with those few people who think that the gentleness, kindness and generous heart of Costa Ricans can be confused with weakness. I have also ordered the General Directorate of Immigration and Immigration to begin the deportation process of these people who caused disturbances, to Venezuela or their country of origin," declared Chaves.
"Whoever comes here has to respect our laws, the police and the towns they will pass through," he said.
The Minister of Security of Costa Rica, Mario Zamora Cordero, affirmed that the Costa Rican Government will support the measures that Panama has adopted to confront the migration crisis. So far in the month of September, 57,131 migrants have passed through Darién.�������� pic.twitter.com/JRJSH4zisL
— Ministry of Public Security of Panama (@MinSegPma)
September 23, 2023
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