Belize is concerned about the “growth” of Cuban migrants in its territory


San Juan, April 8 (EFE) – The Belizean government on Friday expressed concern over the “rise” in the number of Cuban nationals entering the country illegally since it opened its land borders last February.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration said that Cubans are among other citizens who enter Belize illegally in the hope of reaching the United States later.

“These Cuban citizens are using the refugee program to prevent repatriation and are being provided with (NGO) Help for Progress,” the note said.

The department noted that to date they know a total of 39 Cubans who have used Belize as a “transit point” to reach the border between Mexico and the United States.

He also said that police had recently arrested 16 Cuban nationals who had entered illegally and handed them over to immigration.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration reiterated in the text its commitment to a global agreement on safe, orderly and regular migration.

This arrival of Cuban migrants came after Belize reopened its land borders in February last year, which had been closed since April 2020 as part of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: El Diario


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