Panama Regional Office


The UNHCR's Regional Office in Panama covers operations in Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Operation: Opération: Panama Regional Office



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2017 planning figures
65% of people of concern for whom disaggregated data will be available 
4,000 children and adolescents with protection needs reached through the “Education in Emergencies” project 
1,000 people of concern will receive legal assistance
800 individuals at heightened protection risk with imminent fear for their lives, due to direct threats, sexual assaults, persecution, forced recruitment and extreme intimidation, will be supported
80 events, workshops and seminars on law and policy, internal displacement, refugee law and child protection will be organized   
70 partner and Government staff will be provided with general training on child protection and children’s rights 
2015 end-year results
156 government status determination staff trained in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
86% of people of concern registered on an individual basis in the region
15 survivors of SGBV received material and psychological assistance in the region
899 people of concern received residence permits in Panama and Nicaragua

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 214,190
2014 19,663
2013 19,152


[["Refugees",3259],["Refugee-like situation",15000],["Asylum-seekers",3225],["IDPs",174000],["Returned refugees",2],["Stateless",3],["Others of concern",18701]]
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Panama Regional Office

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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

The number of people fleeing from the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) countries is increasing.  By the end of 2015, the number of refugees and asylum-seekers with pending cases from NTCA in North and Central America countries reached more than 108,000 people, representing more than a five-fold increase in three years. This tendency is expected to continue for 2017. 

In Honduras, a Government study supported by UNHCR and the Joint IDP Profiling Service surveyed 20 municipalities and reported at least 174,000 internally displaced people due to the high level of violence and criminality between 2004 and 2014. During 2016 similar tendencies of increased internal displacement were presented. The existing profiling exercise and figures on internal displacement will be updated in  2017. 

Key priorities

In 2017 the UNHCR operation will focus on strengthening the asylum space in the region, supporting the development of relevant existing frameworks and policies on asylum and internal displacement; UNHCR developed a Protection and Solutions Strategy (2016-2018) within the context of the 2014 Brazil declaration, with strategic objectives guiding the operation at regional level, addressing the protection needs of refugees and asylum-seekers; returnees with specific protection needs; and internally displaced people. 

In order to meet the most urgent needs of up to 570,000 people of concern, a Supplementary Appeal was presented in June 2016 as a follow-up to the Protection and Solutions Strategy launched in December 2015. The additional resources received had a crucial impact in the areas of child protection, community-based protection, protection networks and border monitoring, strengthening of reception centres, protection responses for cases at heightened risks, as well as the reinforcement of national human rights entities (ombudsperson offices) in the three Northern Triangle of Central American countries. Enhancement of local integration in refugee receiving countries remains a critical area of the 2017 financial requirements; in particular to strengthen in particular to strengthen livelihoods and urban refugee programming, as well as for the establishment of humanitarian alternative pathways.