Cuba migrants stranded in Costa Rica anxiously await the first group to leave the country, expected next week
Cuba migrants stranded in Costa Rica anxiously await the first group to leave the country, expected next week

QCOSTARICA – 250 is the number of Cuban migrants in Costa Rica that will be leaving for El Salvador next week, as part of a plan to end the crisis that has left almost 8,000 of the islanders stranded in the country.

The first group, made up of the first Cubans arriving in Costa Rica, with focus on women and children, is expected to depart on Thursday or Friday (January 7 and 8), arriving in San Salvador, where they will board buses that will take them to the border between Guatemala and Mexico.

Under its immigration law, Mexico grants to Cubans an administrative document (transit visa) in a process that takes a few hours, giving them up to twenty days to regularize their stay or leave the country.

The Cuban migrants can then use that time to cross Mexico, where no authority will stop them, to the United States, where they can benefit from the special migratory benefit given them under the Cuba Adjustment Act of 1966.


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