In the past five years, the foreign population in the country reached 124.433 people who managed to acquire residences in Panama or regulate their immigration status in the country.

The statistics of the National Immigration Service realize that during 2014 and the first six months of 2015, Venezuelans topped the list of foreigners with more residences in Panama approved, followed by Colombians, who until 2013 were the first.

“Venezuelans top the list of foreigners who have obtained their residence in Panama in statistics 2014 and 2015.”

PanamáAun residences as well, from 2010 to 2014 Colombians were the most residential achieved, 15,244, compared with 8,266 Venezuelans approved.

In all, from 2010 until 31 July, 66.781 residences to foreigners, plus 57.652 regulations were issued in the four years of the melting pot approved program.

During the first six months of the year, Spaniards, Italians and Americans have occupied the third, fourth and fifth, respectively, with approved residence.

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Of the countries of Central America, Nicaraguans and Costa Ricans they are the only ones listed this year. However, between 2010 and 2014, some 611 Guatemalans acquired the residence.

The statistics also show that 1,595 have refused requests for homes in Panama, but not disaggregate by nationality.

Melting Pot

Colombians were the most advantage of the melting pot, a program that was created in 2010 and lasted until 2014.

During this period, 27.541 Colombian legalized their immigration status in the country, followed by Nicaragua (11,745) and Dominicans (6,434). Meanwhile, 5,148 Venezuelans regulated their status during this period and 985 Peruvians.

The list is composed of 89 nationalities African, European and American.

Of the 57.652 foreigners who managed to regulate their status in the country over the past four years, 18,713 had renewed its license until 2014, ie 38.939 were others whose permits had not been renewed or were still in force.

“Last May, the government launched a plan to renew these permits expired and explained that they would be given new.”

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For the sociologist Marcos Gandásegui, there is underreporting of the foreign population in the country because the official figure apparently does not match the reality that is palpable on the streets. Although, he said, the theme is not statistical, but the absence of an immigration policy to respond.

Gandásegui complained that the lack of immigration policy is used by the business sector to hire cheap labor and pay below the minimum wage in the country.

That fact was also recently reported by the Conato.

“The sociologist said that migration is common in countries with economic growth and Panama.”


In 2010, the government created the program Crisol Races

In four years, 57.652 foreigners in Panama managed to regulate their immigration status in the country with the program.

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From 2010 to July 31 this year, others have achieved 66.781 to establish residence in the country.

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Silvia Merida Pellicer
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