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The US returns irregular migrants to Cuba and there are already 340 so far this year

The US returns irregular migrants to Cuba and there are already 340 so far this year

Cuba received this Thursday a flight from USA in which 61 irregular migrants were deported, and with them a total of 340 people returned to the island in 26 operations from various countries in the region so far this year, according to official media.

This group, the first to arrive from the US in March, is made up of 52 men, seven women and two minors.

Six had left the island by sea and the rest did so legally and then joined irregular routes to reach the US border, detailed a statement from the Ministry of the Interior (Minint).

One of the deported people was detained after his return to Havana because “he was evading from a penitentiary center, where he was serving a sentence for human trafficking,” the report added.

Cuba and the United States resumed deportation flights for “inadmissible” people detained on the border with Mexico in November of last year.

The first return operation by air took place – with 123 people – on April 24, 2023. The governments of Havana and Washington also maintain a bilateral agreement so that all migrants who arrive by sea to US territory are deported to the country. Caribbean.

Some 22,946 Cubans arrived in the United States last January, according to a report from that country’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The CBP added that in four months of fiscal year 2024 – which began last October 1 – 86,139 Cubans have arrived in the United States.

Between January and February of this year, Cubans were also returned on commercial flights from the Cayman Islands, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

In 2023, Cuba welcomed back a total of 5,253 nationals, mostly from the United States, but also from other countries such as Mexico, Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands and the Dominican Republic.

Cuba is experiencing an unprecedented migratory wave both in terms of the volume of migrants and its temporal extension due to the serious economic crisis it is suffering with a great shortage of basic products (food, medicine and fuel), galloping inflation, frequent power outages and dollarization. part of the economy.

Source: Gestion