Over 89 Desperate Venezualans Stuck at Panama’s Paso Canoas Border – Xenophobia In Latin America

Due to the economic crisis, many Venezuelans are seeking refuge in the economically stable country of Panama. A bus load of 89+ Venezuelans were denied access to the country due to the suspicion that they are working illegally. Venezuelans, as well as other Latin Americans, will live in the country as perpetual tourists and renew their tourist visa every 6 months at the Costa Rica border. Many cannot afford to apply for residence visas due to the high costs of obligatory lawyers and the Panamanian government’s bureaucracy. With growing fears of increased violence and unemployment, Panamanians are becoming leery of allowing people to stay in the country on extended tourist visas.