The National Migration Service of Panama will establish short-term preventive shelters designed to house, under the institution’s orders, foreigners who have violated immigration laws. The regulations will outline the operation of these preventive shelters, along with minimum standards and services, ensuring respect for human rights. Only individuals over eighteen years old can be accommodated, while minors will be under the protection of Panama’s Ministry of Social Development. Their diplomatic or consular representatives from their country of origin or residence will be notified if accredited in the Republic of Panama, or a friendly government if not.

Foreigners staying in preventive shelters will have the right to communicate with a lawyer, their family members, and their diplomatic or consular representatives if accredited in Panama, or a friendly government if not. Panama’s National Migration Service will inform accredited diplomatic or consular representatives about the immigration status of the immigrants staying in these shelters.

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