A Cuban migrant carries a bucket of water at a temporary shelter in La Cruz, Costa Rica. After more than two months of being stranded in Costa Rica, another 184 await their for the trip north, toward the U.S. border, set for Feb. 4. Photo: Enrique Martinez, Associated Press
A Cuban migrant carries a bucket of water at a temporary shelter in La Cruz, Costa Rica. After more than two months of being stranded in Costa Rica, another 184 await their for the trip north, toward the U.S. border, set for Feb. 4. Photo: Enrique Martinez, Associated Press

QCOSTARICA | February 4 is the date set for the second airlift of the Cuban migrants from Costa Rica, now more than two months stranded in the country, in La Cruz, Guanacaste,near the Nicaragua border.

The immigration service said Monday that 184 Cubans will be flown to El Salvador, where they will then continue by land north to Guatemala and the Mexico border, for their final destination the United States.

The route is the same used on January 12 for the first 180 Cuban migrants.

The Cubans are responsible for the costs: US$555 for the airfare, US$75 for El Salvador and Guatemala visas. Costs for children between 2 and 12 is US$350 and for children under 2, US$150.

Immigration director Kathya Rodriguez said after the flight is filled up they will immediately being preparing the next.

Almost 8.000 Cuban migrants were in Costa Rica the beginning of the year, stranded when in the middle of November, Nicaragua closed its borders to them.

That number has been greatly reduced, though authorities are not saying exactly how many, it is estimated that some 5,000 remain awaiting flights out of the country, the others having moved on by way of “coyotes” (smugglers) or on their own into Nicaragua and onwards.

 


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