Monday, February 11, 2008

New draft Panama Immigration Law slows down

After receiving comments from the media, pro-immigration groups, Panama Bar Association and other groups, the Cabinet decided not to change Law Decree 16 of 1960 of Immigration with another Law Decree using the special powers of the President to enact laws without legislative approval.
Instead, the Cabinet asked for comments from the Legislature, which already has buried 3 other Immigration bills in the vault of forgotten bills...
The first text of the Immigration draft can be downloaded in Part 1 and Part 2 of PDF files.

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The long road of the Immigration bill:
More foreigners but a modern Immigration law is needed (November 29, 2006)
Bill stagnant after approval by Cabinet
Immigration Law in Limbo. Bills 79 and 150 meant to replace the current Immigration law remain unapproved since 2005.
Better tratement for migrants is being demanded. Bill called xenophobic by Legislator Wigberto Quintero
Consultations requested by NGOs on Immigration draft law

1 comment:

Moderator said...

Gabinete posterga decretos
With 9 days left for the extraordinary powers granted for the president to enact laws, discussion of the Immigration draft law remains postponed. The pro-refugee NGO MENAMIRE will have a press conference Feb 21 opposing the draft law.