Governments of Cuba and Chile hold a round of migration talks

The meeting, in virtual format, focused on the state of the migratory flow, the evaluation of joint actions to discourage irregular migration and the illegalities associated with this phenomenon.

Ernesto Soberón Guzmán en conversaciones migratorias Cuba-Chile © Twitter / Nación y Emigración
Ernesto Soberón Guzmán in Cuba-Chile migration talks Photo © Twitter / Nation and Emigration

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The governments of Cuba and Chile held this Friday the second Round of Talks on Migration Issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba was informed. (MINREX).

The meeting, in virtual format, focused onthe state of the migratory flow, the evaluation of joint actions to discourage irregular migration and the illegalities associated with this phenomenon.

The Cuban delegation was chaired by Ernesto Soberón Guzmán, general director of Consular Affairs and Cubans Living Abroad. The Chilean government was represented by Pedro Hernández, head of the Migration Division.

“The work sessions were held in a cordial and cooperative atmosphere, in line with the good state of bilateral relations”, added the MINREX Nation and Emigration site.

“Both parties stressed the relevance of this type of meeting, while expressing their willingness to strengthen operational and comprehensive mechanisms that reinforce bilateral collaboration in this area, in order to guarantee a regular, orderly and safe flow of travelers,” he added.

Likewise, he mentioned the migratory flow between both countries as one of the topics discussed, although without revealing details, an issue announced by Soberón in another tweet.

Cuba occupies third place among the countries that have contributed to increasing illegal entry into Chilean territory by more than 400%, in addition to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Venezuela, said ainvestigation on clandestine migration in transit from Cuba to Chile, published in 2021.

According to the study, in 2018 the Chilean Investigative Police (PDI) declared that 3,574 Cubans entered the Andean nation clandestinely. The figure represented more than 50% of all illegal entries into the South American country and an increase compared to previous years, which was associated with the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy. The year itself, others5,451 Cubans They began the procedures to regularize their immigration status in that country.

In 2019, 1,448 illegal entries of Cubans were registered and an increase in refugee requests from this population. In the first half of 2020, despite the closure of borders and other regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic, data from the Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM) reflected that at least 264 Cubans entered Chile irregularly.

Chile, as a final destination, is not an attraction for Cuban migration due to three fundamental factors: it is not a visa-free country, it does not offer many possibilities to grant asylum or refuge to citizens of the Caribbean Cayman Islands and Cuban migration is seen as a migration. unwanted.

The above may change if the possibility of free visas for Cubans to that country arises from the meeting on migration between Cuba and Chile, which is unlikely.

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