14ymedio, 18 February 2016 — A group of 124 Cuban migrants arrived Friday in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, directly from Costa Rica, where they had been stranded since mid-November en route to the US.
The migrants, 85 men and 39 women, were received by the National Institute of Migration (INM), which gave them free permission to stay in Mexico for up to 20 days.
Since the beginning of the migration crisis last November, 1,492 Cuban migrants, divided into ten groups, have arrived in Mexico through direct flights such as happened on Friday, or by land to Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas.
Officials have scheduled another direct flight for Saturday morning.
The previous group of 122 Cuban migrants arrived in Mexico on Thursday on a direct flight from Costa Rica. The 86 men and 36 women were welcomed at the international airport in the border city of Nuevo Laredo by the INM, while on Wednesday, some 186 Cubans arrived by land.
On Tuesday, the airlift to Mexico of Cubans stranded in Panama also began, according to a source in the National Migration Institute (INM). The destination of those flights will be Ciudad Juarez in the northern state of Chihuahua.