May 28, 2023

Peru closes and militarizes borders with Chile, Brazil and other countries to contain migration – International

Lemon Peru It will maintain a state of emergency for 60 days and militarize its borders with Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia to strengthen control in the face of the arrival of migrants, mostly from Chile, according to an official decree published Thursday. 27. The measure will include restricting rights such as freedom of transit and assembly at borders.

The armed forces will support the police’s work in internal control, according to the item published in the Official Gazette.

According to the president Dina PolwartThe state of emergency aims to combat insecurity. Based on the news from the previous day, she said that those who daily commit attacks, robberies and other criminal acts are foreigners.

It continues after the announcement

At the moment, no troop movements can be seen, especially on the border with Chile, which is a gathering point for Haitians, Venezuelans and people of other nationalities who have left Chile due to tightened immigration controls.

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Peru denies their passage due to the lack of a stamped passport and a valid visa. Several migrants heard by AFP in recent days said they only intended to cross Peruvian territory towards their countries of origin.

At the same time as the militarization of the border, the government ordered a six-month amnesty for fines imposed on foreigners who remain illegally in Peru, so that in the meantime they could regularize themselves.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that the amnesty would allow “100,000 refugees and migrants in the country to regularize and update their data”./ France Press agency