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Darien Gap

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  • The Darien Gap has emerged as a pathway for illegal migration to the United States.

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  • The Darien Gap is situated across northern Colombia in South America and southern Panama in North America.
  • Spanning approximately 60 miles (97 kilometres) in width, the Darien Gap is characterized by dense, forested jungle terrain.
  • The terrain is rugged and difficult to navigate, posing risks such as getting lost, encountering dangerous wildlife, or succumbing to natural hazards.
  • Criminal gangs operate in the area, exerting control over certain parts of the Darien Gap.
  • Despite the challenges posed by the difficult terrain and security risks, the Darien Gap has become a major route for illegal migration to the United States.

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