Editorial Contribution

Venezuela migration continues to increase.

OP ED: We tried to shed light on this back in APRIL of 2018. This was easy to forecast. http://panamanowonline.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=593&action=edit For the regional headquarters of Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank, the migration of Venezuelans is the greatest mobilization in the countries of the area in recent …

Immigration

Someone whispered in Varela’s ear that Venezuela crisis might lead to immigration issue.

The lessons learned from the migratory crises “force us today to reiterate the energetic call to the Government of Venezuela to regain political dialogue.” This was part of the message given this Wednesday, September 26, by the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela , during the plenary session of …

Immigration

Immigration update concerning influx from Venezuela

A group of international diplomats and human rights workers led by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro visited the border area between Colombia and Venezuela on Friday to discuss ways to resolve the Venezuelan migrant crisis. Luis Almagro arrives in Colombia to attend the Venezuelan migratory wave Almagro said that all …

Immigration

Colombia first to feel the impact of Venezuela exodus of immigrants; Who’s next?

Colombia does not have the capacity to support alone the arrival of thousands of migrants fleeing Venezuela in the face of the crisis, said on Tuesday, September 11, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo , who again called for an international effort to address this problem. Pope urges Venezuelan bishops to …

Immigration

Heavy influx of immigrants continue to seek haven in Panama

For at least two weeks, some 70 Cubans have been stranded in the community of La Peñita, located in Metetí , a village in the province of Darién. Panama prevents the entry of 300 Cubans and Africans on the border with Colombia Migration warns that Cubans have until May 20 …

Immigration

Panama sees staggering increase in asylum seekers from neighboring countries

The number of asylum seekers and refugees in Panama increased by 60.23% in 2017 compared to the figure registered the previous year, reported the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR ). According to the data provided by the National Office of Attention to Refugees in the isthmus (ONPAR) , …

Human Interest

Nicaragua and anti-Ortega groups intensify; more casualties ensue

Climbed to the top to try to touch with their fingers and blue and white flags the immensity of the sky, thousands of Nicaraguans went out to the streets today to ask for the end of the “dictatorship” of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo with a “revolution” that asks for …

Health

Children hardest hit and most affected by Maduro

Luisito must have surgery for a brain tumor that paralyzes part of his body, but he acquired chickenpox in a children’s hospital in Caracas and must wait. In another room, Yuriángela does not know if she will have her next chemotherapy. Luis, an eight-year-old brunette, sleeps a 4-month-old baby with …

Human Interest

US cereal giant “Kellogg’s” to cease South American operations due to Venezuela tumult

by James “JB” Bryson So a piece of my youth, the breakfast cereal conglomerate based in Battle Creek, MI ( a place I spent much time in) has had to cease operations due to the situation in Venezuela. Brings me sadness at a time when everyone could use a nice …

Human Interest

Crisis in Nicaragua leads to more fatalities

The city of Masaya, a little over 25 kilometers southeast of Managua, awoke in chaos and destruction after uninterrupted clashes between anti-riot agents and Sandinista mobs against the protesters. On Sunday, Nicaragua celebrated 26 days of a crisis that has left at least 54 dead, caused by massive demonstrations in …

Human Interest

Group makes last effort call to suspend elections in Venezuela

The Lima Group yesterday made a “last call” to the government of Nicolás Maduro to suspend the presidential elections on May 20. Meeting in Mexico City, the representatives of the Group condemned Maduro’s ‘regime’, demanding Caracas ‘free, fair and transparent’ elections, reported La Voz de América. Monday’s meeting in the …

Economy

Class system struggles awash all of Venezuela under Maduro rule

Corina lives in a luxurious house but can not frequent restaurants; Federico , journalist, does not have for the cinema; and Alida , a seller, longs to eat chicken but it is not enough. Even with their class differences, the crisis changed their lives. The arepa – corn tortilla typical …

Energy/Infrastructure

Floods cause Colombia evacuations

Nearly 600 farmers had to be evacuated in northwestern Colombia because of the violent flooding of the river that feeds the Ituango hydroelectric project, the largest built in the country, authorities said Sunday. The inhabitants of the town of Puerto Valdivia are in shelters enabled in the urban area after …

Immigration

Immigration procedures to increase

Given the massive fraudulent affiliation of foreigners in the  Social Security Fund (CSS) and the delivery of irregular peace and save in the General Directorate of Income (DGI) , two executive decrees were enacted yesterday that eliminate these procedures to regulate and renew permits immigration for foreigners in the country. …

Energy/Infrastructure
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IMF predicts Panama will grow by almost 6%

by John “JB” Bryson April 18, 2018 Similar in tone to my earlier post, with the IMF stating that the Panamanian economy is due to grow above average to 5.6%, it can lead to a false sense of optimism in relation to being able to sustain an influx of immigrants. …

Immigration
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How Will exodus of Venezuelans affect us?

James “JB” Bryson April 18, 2018 One story that I have been paying particular attention to other than the many other articles we have been adding is the escalation between Panama and Venezuela, and what type of impact it will have on an already crowded Panama City? When we arrived …

Immigration

Varela questioned if Panama is ready for mass exodus from Venezuela

The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela , called on all the countries of the region so that through dialogue and concrete actions “we may seek a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis experienced by the Venezuelan people.” + info Summit of the Americas approves ‘commitment’ against corruption …

Immigration

Asylum requests spiked 3500% over 4 years

Requests for international protection or political asylum to any of the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) by citizens of Venezuela have increased by 3 thousand 500% between 2014 and 2017 , Spain being the country that by far , has received more requests. According to the European …

Immigration

VISA’s extended for Venezuelans

The National Migration Service (SNM) will extend the visas of Venezuelan citizens whose migratory status expires due to the suspension of flights to their country of origin for a period of 30 days. This was reported on Saturday by the Panamanian Foreign Ministry through an official statement, after President Nicolás …

Immigration

More on the Schengen initiative

President Juan Carlos Varela and Security Minister Alexis Bethancourt, signed two executive decrees establishing new immigration measures for citizens with Schengen visa or residence permit in the countries of the European Union and in turn approved change visa status restricted to stamped visa for the citizens of India. The first …

Immigration

Panama adopting new immigration measures for Europeans

Panama established new immigration measures for citizens who have visas for the Schengen area, which includes citizens from 26 countries in Europe.These new migratory measures in Panama also include citizens who have valid residency in the countries of the European Union. In turn, the government of President  Juan Carlos Varela …