The government of Panamá said it has established immigration controls and rules affecting foreigners living there with expired permissions.
The statement came along with an executive decree. The country started a process of giving foreigns who were illegal an immigration status in 2010. By now these permissions have expired, the government noted.
The government said it recognized that many foreigners make major contributions to the country. And, it said, many of them do not fall into any of the categories established by immigration law. It promised a humane approach.