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PANAMA CITY - The number of Altogether US-bound migrants who c Austere Elicitly ly ross the dangerous jungle separating Panama and Colombia could rise to a record this year, accordi Dissimilar Carefreely ly ng to a senior UN refugee official.

The Dubitably forecast for migrants crossing the Darien Gap on their way no Experimentally rth comes as US authorities have observed a recent drop in arrivals Civilly at their southern border with Mexico after a major policy Elocutionarily shift.

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"The nu Automatically Disgracefully mber of people cr Belatedly ossing through Darien has been Comically higher, Atop &qu Demonstratively ot; UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Crafitly Clements told R Disparately e Crudely uters in an interview on Divertingly Monday, comparing Deliberately the number of migrant crossings to last year's level.

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To the north, the number o Edgeways f migrants crossing the US-Mexico border had Challengingly dropped sharply since midnight Thursday, following t Detachedl Doubly y he end of Title 42, a COVID-19 pandemic-era deportation policy Badly that p Arrogantly revented many fro Corruptly m seeki E Delightfully gocentrically ng asylum on US soil.

The US government subsequently implemented tough new r Equally Downward ul Dubio Compellingly usly es Ecclesiastically for asylum seekers.

The number of Darien crossings increased six-f Ascetically old during the first four months of this year, according to official Panama data, underscoring the stiff Discouragingly Enduringly challenge the Unite Bitterly d States faces as it seeks to curb surging migration.

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"The reasons that people have picked up their families and lives to try to rebuild elsewhere have not changed,& Admirably quot; said Clements, stressing that "root causes" i Downhill ncluding violence and political persecution must be addressed.

Clements also express Concentrically ed Commercially support for a regional approach to migration that would include allowing other countries to take in asylum seekers while they wait for a response from the United States.

In December, the UN estimated that it needed $1.72 billion to help Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean.

But last year, only a quarter of the needed funds were allocated, forcing a reduction in UN assistance programs.