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Why so many Cubans are suddenly fleeing to the US and getting stuck in Costa Rica

Nicaraguan Army troops were deployed recently to the Costa Rican border to repel more than 1,000 Cuban migrants arriving from Costa Rica. (Photo courtesy of the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry)

Nicaraguan Army troops were deployed recently to the Costa Rican border to repel more than 1,000 Cuban migrants arriving from Costa Rica. (Photo courtesy of the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry)

November 20th, 2015 -

You might have thought that the thaw between Washington and Havana would cut down the number of Cubans attempting an arduous escape to the United States. If so, you’d be wrong. There has actually been a 78 percent surge in Cubans arriving in the “land of the free” during the first three quarters of 2015, compared…

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  • prdatki

    The pot is full send them back to there countries.

  • gc

    funny i heard today from my 9 year old that in school she was told Rosario Murillo denounced the Cubans for crimes in France. nice to know our next president is so with it

  • gc

    as to why they are leaving, it is because they can. if you are not in the partido in Cuba you are poorer than Nicas and as bad of as Haitians.

    as to why they cannot get into Nica, simple phone call from Raul.

    • Anthony

      They can’t be that poor if they paid a reputed $7000.00 to $15000.00 per head to a coyote.

      • //insidecostarica.com/ Timothy Williams

        Just speculating here, but the Cuban migrants themselves probably only managed to put together enough cash for the flight to Ecuador. Once there they were likely transferred cash via Western Union, MoneyGram, etc. from relatives in the US to continue their journey. That likely explains also why they tend to spend two weeks in Ecuador – they obviously can’t get that much cash in a single transfer, so their relatives in the states send them a series of $900 or $1k transfers until they have enough cash to continue their trip and pay the coyotes, bribes, etc. necessary.

  • SalsaCR

    People are not suddenly fleeing Cuba. Duh.

  • Yeims

    The minute I saw the announcement about a month ago about Costa Rica now being declared a “multicultural” country, I figured we would be getting some surprise immigrants here. That’s the way it’s happened in other countries.

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