In the past two years, at least 425,000 people have arrived in the United States, according to official figures from the northern country. The migration crisis, which is now less talked about, is far from a problem that has been overcome.
The number in question, it is said coldly, is close to four percent of the population of Cuba. But to give you a better idea, this is equivalent to all the Cubans living in Cienfuegos, Mayabeque, or Ciego de Ávila who suddenly left the country.
The recently arrived data was recently given to the US media by the US Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) The report shows that the immigration crisis, which was believed to be overcome, is still ongoing in the fiscal year 2023. From October 2022 to September 2023, more than 200 thousand encounters with Cuban citizens were registered at airports and border posts.
The figure will be added to the nearly 225 thousand Cubans reported in the previous fiscal year, resulting in nearly 425 thousand recorded in the report. However, these numbers do not preclude other routes of arrival in the United States.
More than 50,000 Cubans have also come to the United States through humanitarian parole so far this year alone. The difference is that this route is legal and promoted by the Joe Biden administration.
The current migration crisis is the biggest in the history of Cuba, and there are two versions of it:
The first is the Cuban government, which sees Washington as the cause of the island’s ills and the main encourager of irregular migration. The second is that of Washington, which regrets the dangerous living conditions of millions of Cubans in their homeland.
The fact is that Cubans continue to migrate, following the example of Venezuelans and Mexicans, where the US does not have rights such as the Cuban Adjustment Act but still bets everything on the arrival of the northern lands to improve their economic status.
Something little discussed is the medium- and long-term implications of the migration crisis. Cuba, one of the oldest countries in the Americas, has lost tens of thousands of people of working and reproductive age; therefore, it has lost the means to maintain the country and also to replace the population.