The Panamanian Minister of Labor Luis Ernesto Carles today highlighted the role of Panama as an international labor recipient, inaugurating the forum called the Academy on Labor Migration that takes place in the Central American country, informed an official source.
Carles said at the opening of the event, which takes place at the headquarters of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino), since the nineteenth century Panama has received migrant workers from all continents and in recent decades, due to its rate of economic growth, "it has attracted human talent and manpower from around the world."
This labor migration, according to Carles, comes from neighboring countries such as Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other more distant countries such as China and the United States.
He added that although this migration occurs mainly for labor and economic reasons, it also has social, cultural and political implications, both in the countries of origin and those of destination.
"Panama, as a destination country, is dealing with the phenomenon of migration that may be beneficial, but which is still controversial and debated by many members of our societies," said Carles.
On the opening day of the forum, the high-level tripartite panel "Strengthening links between Employment and Migration" was held, with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development of Panama (Mitradel) and the workers, moderated by Carmen Moreno of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
In addition to the ILO, the event, which will end on June 22, is sponsored by national and international organizations related to labor world, such as the Regional Conference on Migration (CRM), among others, said the Mitradel.