EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 11 March 2023 — Cuba has received a total of 2,724 irregular migrants returned by several countries in the region so far this year, including a group of 26 delivered this Friday by the United States Coast Guard Service, Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior (Minint) reported.
The last migrants deported by the US authorities — 23 men and three women — bring the total to 1,944 rafters deported to the Island in some twenty U.S. Coast Guard operations that intercepted them at sea after their illegal departure from Cuba.
In recent weeks, other groups of irregular migrants were returned to Cuba by the governments of Mexico, the Bahamas and the United States (41).
The Cuban government affirms that it maintains its commitment “to regular, safe and orderly migration” and insists on “the danger and life-threatening conditions represented by illegal departures from the country by sea.”
In the case of the United States, since last October 1 — which marks the beginning of the current fiscal year — the crews of the U.S. Coast Guard have intercepted more than 5,740 Cubans, a high figure compared to previous years.
At the beginning of 2023, the Washington implemented a policy to welcome 30,000 monthly migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua.
In parallel, the United States will immediately expel, to Mexico, undocumented migrants from those countries who try to cross the southern border to the U.S. in an irregular manner.
Mexico, for its part, agreed to admit 30,000 migrants a month who are expelled from U.S. territory.
Translated by Regina Anavy
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