A group of Cuban migrants was recently rescued in the Mexican Caribbean and has begun the process of regularizing their immigration status in Mexico, according to the National Migration Institute (INM). The group consisted of 12 migrants, including five women, one of whom was pregnant, and seven men. They were rescued by a tourist boat on January 27 and received support from the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) and the National Guard (GN).
After being rescued, the migrants were taken to a Health Center for medical evaluation. Eleven of them were then transferred to the Immigration Station of Chetumal, while one had to remain hospitalized for further evaluation. The migrants were provided with medical and psychological care, as well as food and personal hygiene items at the Immigration Center (PAM). They also began the administrative process to regularize their immigration status, as they did not have documents proving their legal stay in the country.
Local media reports indicated that the Cuban migrants had been reported missing since December. In 2023, Cuba received a total of 5,253 nationals, many of whom were from the United States, as well as other countries such as Mexico, Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, and the Dominican Republic.
Cuba is currently experiencing a significant migratory wave due to the serious crisis it is facing, including shortages of basic products, inflation, power outages, and partial dollarization of the economy. It is estimated that 4% of the Cuban population left the country in 2022. The situation also reflects an “unprecedented” migratory flow from Mexico and Central America in 2023, with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reporting a more than 60% increase in irregular migration crossing Mexican territory in early November.
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