Until last October 1, the date on which the current fiscal year began, 3,370 Cubans were detained in the Florida Straits.
The US, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands have returned 1,115 irregular migrants to Cuba in the first 13 days of the year, the Ministry of the Interior (Minint) reported this Saturday.
The United States leads the list with the most returns of Cubans, registering 970, followed by the Bahamas (129) and the Cayman Islands (16), the Minint indicated in a press release.
“Those returned in these first days of the year represent 9% of the total returns in 2022,” according to the Cuban authorities.
That entity warned that on Sunday, January 8, “the largest return in recent years” occurred by the US Coast Guard with 273 people who “had participated in illegal departures from the country” through a port in Matanzas (west).
“The Cuban government has reiterated its commitment to regular, safe and orderly migration and insists on the danger and life-threatening conditions that such movements through illegal means represent, fundamentally by sea,” the Ministry said.
“Following the new migratory measures of the Joseph Biden administration, the Cuban authorities have maintained that a more normal migratory relationship, which includes temporary visits between the two countries, would contribute to reducing the migratory potential,” he added.
At the beginning of this year, the US government implemented a policy to welcome 30,000 migrants a month from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua.
In parallel, it will immediately expel migrants from those countries who try to cross into its territory irregularly to Mexico.
Mexico, for its part, agreed to admit 30,000 migrants a month who are expelled from US territory.
The United States has seen on its southern border record numbers in decades of migrants trying to cross irregularly motivated, for the most part, by a new unprecedented migratory exodus from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
In the case of Cuba, a total of 224,607 citizens arrived at the southern US border in fiscal year 2022 -between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022-, according to the US Customs and Border Protection Office. .
Likewise, until last October 1, the date on which the current fiscal year began, 3,370 Cubans were detained in the Straits of Florida.
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