Cuban Refugees Stuck in Costa Rica

Written by Sabrina Martin for Panam Post

Costa Rica is urging neighboring nations to find a solution to the Cuban migrant crisis before it spirals out of control. The Costa Rican government has requested that Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador take the necessary measures to curb the arrival of more Cuban islanders. So far, 6,000 are stranded within Costa Rican territory, since Nicaragua refuses to let them through.

Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Carlos Raúl Morales has said that his government is open to working on solutions, but it needs guarantees. “Our priorities are Guatemalans and preventing more problems in Guatemala,” he said.+

Morales argues that the Guatemalan government cannot run the risk of Cubans getting stranded again in their territory. “I have [a large] enough irregular migrant population waiting at the border, [and] to add 4,000 or 5,000 more people … it would be irresponsible, and I would be violating Guatemalan law,” he said.+

He also said that the Guatemalan government cannot foot the bill resulting from flying thousands of Cubans from La Aurora International Airport to the Mexican border, besides the food, security, and other accommodations that would be needed.

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