Panama 2018


Humanitarian Compendium

Total Requested:
$120,000
Total Funded:
$0
Percentage Funded:
0%

Since 2015, mixed migration flows have increasingly transited through Panama from South to North America. Moreover, more than 5,000 migrants remained stranded in small towns near the borders between Panama and Colombia and Panama and Costa Rica. In 2015, Nicaragua closed its borders to irregular migrants, which resulted in migrants becoming stranded in Costa Rica. This situation led the government of Costa Rica to close its border with Panama, which resulted in Panama suffering two migration crises in 2016. The first crisis was triggered by the influx of 5,000 Cuban migrants who were stranded for about four months in small towns, and the second crisis started with the influx of 4,000 extra-regional migrants stranded for about three months. These crises with humanitarian implications affected migrants as well as overstretched host communities also in need of services, infrastructure and food and commodity supplies. The government response capacities in the establishment and management of collective centres or camps were overwhelmed. The risk of migration crisis remains latent due to the continuous movement of migrants. The political crisis and economic difficulties in Honduras and Venezuela may also trigger migration flows to or through Panama.

IOM intends to respond to this situation by increasing the preparedness capacities of relevant institutions that have requested IOM´s support. Preparedness activities will include the development of tailored guidelines for management of collective centres; the identification of infrastructures in line with the Sphere standards; the delivery of training for assigned staff and volunteers, and; the preparation of awareness material for host communities to reduce rising tensions and xenophobia.

IOM, as the lead agency of the camp coordination and camp management cluster sector, has been able to engage other humanitarian actors such as the Red Cross, IFRC, NRC, UNICEF, PAHO, UNHCR, CICR and OCHA to advocate for humanitarian assistance and protection of migrants, with particular focus on vulnerable groups such as single young women, children, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses. IOM’s capacity to lead the sector provides a comparative advantage in raising the profile of the discussion on humanitarian issues related to stranded migrants and in promoting awareness on the importance of preparedness.

Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 2,000 stranded migrants


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Total Requested:
$120,000
Total Funded:
$0
Percentage Funded:
0%
Panama Migration Crisis Operational Framework
Requested 120,000 | Received: 0 | Percentage funded: 0%

  Psychosocial Support

  • Amount Requested: USD 20,000 Amount Received: USD 0

  Camp Management and Displacement Tracking

  • Amount Requested: USD 100,000 Amount Received: USD 0
Total Requested:
$120,000
Total Funded:
$0
Percentage Funded:
0%
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