The number of irregular migrants returned to Cuba from different countries so far this year has already exceeded 3,000, according to official sources.
In total, 3,045 migrants have been returned in 2023, after the return this Tuesday of 47 individuals by the United States Coast Guard, in its 32nd operation of the year.
They are 36 men, seven women and four girls, mostly from the provinces of Matanzas and Villa Clara, participating in three illegal exits from the island and intercepted by U.S. authorities, according to the Ministry of the Interior (MININT).
As reported by this institution “three of the citizens were on probation for criminal sanctions at the time of illegally leaving the country, who will be made available to the corresponding courts.”
In its note, the Ministry confirmed Cuba’s commitment to “regular, safe and orderly migration” and reiterated “the danger and life-threatening conditions represented by illegal departures from the country by sea and the irresponsible involvement of minors.”
Days ago, it was reported that the United States Coast Guard (USCG) exceeded in the last six months the number of intercepted rafters in the entire previous fiscal year, according to data provided by this institution.
From October 1, 2022, to the beginning of April, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted more than 6,200 Cubans, more than those notified in the previous fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2021, and ended on September 30 of the following year.
In addition, Cuba also systematically receives irregular migrants from nations such as Mexico, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, under the current migration agreements