New requirements for Cubans in transit in the Dominican Republic

Last month, the Dominican Republic changed its immigration regulations regarding Cubans, who can now enter as Crossing Without a country-issued visa, but they must have a visa from the country of final destination.

The foregoing applies only to citizens who have left the Republic of Cuba and adopted the Dominican Republic as their country of residence. Crossing or recharging”, referred to in Resolution 9 of Directorate General of Migration (DGM).

This measure entered into force on May 12 and overturns the previous decision that required Cubans as a condition Crossing Possess residency, citizenship, or Multiple visa from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, European Union countries, member countries of the Schengen Area or the Dominican Republic itself.

At that time the Dominican government through Directorate General of Immigrationhe argued that the decision was made due to an increase in the number of Cuban passengers who were not accepted and this resulted in “harassment at border control points”.

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Cuba has been experiencing a massive exodus of its citizens since the end of 2021. Cubans use Latin and Central American countries to reach Nicaragua, in particular, which serves as a springboard to the United States. In addition to the fact that Nicaragua abolished the visa requirement for Cubans.

To avoid this massive access for Cubans, countries such as Panama and Colombia have imposed the requirement to obtain work visas Crossing in their lands.

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In the first five months of this year, 8073 Cubans entered the Dominican Republic and 8218 He went out in the same period, according to statistics from Directorate General of Immigration (DGM).

If the figure is compared with the same period, but the previous year, there is a 22% increase in inputs, and 24% in outputs.

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Cubans in the Dominican Republic have also been victims of the migrant smuggling network, particularly along the border the country shares with Haiti.

This is the iguana case carried out by the Public Prosecution Office, in which the defendants are charged with such charges as the kidnapping of four Cuban citizens, including two adults and two minors.

Cubans in Mexico

Last year, Mexico received a record number of asylum applications, a number of 130,627, and Cubans were the third group that submitted the most applications (8,298), surpassing Honduras (36,226) and Haiti (51337).

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Asylum applications from Mexican Commissariat for Refugee Aid (gambling) They reflect the changes of nationalities, especially Cubans. For example, in the first four months of 2022, there were more applications (8445) than in the whole of 2021 (8,298).

Graduated in Social Communication with a mention in Journalism at UASD. He has experience working in print and digital newspapers, as well as in the production of radio programmes.

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