What are the main rights of asylum seekers?
- To not be rejected at the border or entry point to the country.
- To not receive a sanction for entering the country irregularly.
- To not be expelled or returned (non-refoulement) to the country where the events that force them to request international protection have occurred.
- Legal permanence within the national territory under the condition of asylum seeker.
- Access to health care, education and housing.
- Any other right established in the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees.
What are the rights of refugees and their family unit?
- The “no rejection” at the border or entry point to the country.
- Non-sanction for entering the country in an irregular manner.
- The prohibition of expulsion and return (non-refoulement) to the country where the events occurred that oblige them to request international protection.
- Legal permanence within the national territory under the condition of refugee.
- Choose to obtain migratory status and naturalization in accordance with the requirements established in the current legislation.
- Self-sufficiency and incorporation into productive life.
- Apply for a work permit as a refugee or any other option that is more favorable to the person.
- Possibility of benefiting from social aid aimed at facilitating the integration into society.
- The reunification of the basic family nucleus, in compliance with the provisions of Executive Decree No. 5 of January 16, 2018, article 77.
- Access to health care, education, housing and work.
- Right to have the safeguard provisions and guarantees relating to expulsion applied, established in the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol on the Status of Refugees.
- Other rights that are recognized by international instruments ratified by the Republic of Panama, in particular those mentioned in the previous paragraph.