Measures Announced by Cuba Favor Thousands of Emigrants, Experts Say

Havana, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) The new immigration measures announced by Cuban authorities will benefit hundreds of thousands of emigrants of the island and continue the process of updating the migration policy, specialists in the issue highlighted here.

Among these decisions, which will enter into force on January 1, 2018, are the elimination of the passport eligibility requirement so migrants can travel to their country of birth, which favor more than 820,000 Cubans residents in the whole world, experts consulted by Prensa Latina said.

They will also be capable of traveling to the island by boat entering the Marina Hemingway Yacht Club in Havana and the Marina Gaviota Varadero, as well as all Cubans who left the country illegally, except those who did it by the military base the United States illegally maintains in Guantanamo Bay, and sons of emigrants born abroad will be capable of acquiring Cuban citizenship.

As of the indicated date, they will only need to have a valid and current passport, in accordance with the new policy to travel to their homeland.

Only the people born here who have records with terrorist activities, money laundering, arm and drug trafficking, events linked to the violation of human dignity and those persecuted by international institutions or from other countries will be prohibited to enter the country, the specialists told Prensa Latina.

Cuban residents in the United States described as a very positive step the announcement of new immigration measures the Caribbean nation will take effect as of January 2018.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced Saturday, October 28, the new measures during the 4th Meeting of Cuban Residents in the United States in Defense of National Sovereignty and Against the Blockade.

For all Cubans, this is something very important, no matter where they are or where they live, one of the assistants to the meeting, Milay Galvez, who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, told Prensa Latina.

‘It makes us very happy because we will be closer to the family, it will be all much easier to see our people and to spend more time in our country,’ she said.

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