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Four rafters arrived in the Cayman Islands; It is not known if they are Cubans

A boat with four immigrants, all male arrived on Friday at Cayman Islands as confirmed by the authorities.

The Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) of the British Overseas Territory issued a statement reporting that at around 6 a.m. on September 22, a boat with four migrants arrived at Spot Bay, Cayman Brac, and they were detained. . .

The official note does not indicate the nationality of the people but judging by the type and condition of the ship in which they landed, It can be assumed that they are rafters from Cuba who usually leave the country on boats with the intention of usually arriving in Florida, United States.

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The CBC assured that “all persons will be processed in accordance with the processing protocols” of that entity.

This is not the first reported case of rafters arriving in the Cayman Islands. This dependent territory of the United Kingdom is located in the Antilles, about 241 kilometers (150 miles) south of Cuba.

The exodus of Cubans continues unabated more than two years after the release of the worst migration crisis in the country’s history. To reach the destination preferred by Cubans par excellence – the United States -, most resort to irregular routes, such as the dangerous journey by sea, especially crossing the Strait of Florida.

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A few days before the end of fiscal year 2023 (October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023), More than 12 thousand Cubans arrived on US soil through irregular routes and them, 5,937 did it by sea.

More than 7,000 rafters were stuck in the sea of the US Coast Guard (USCG), for the past 11 months, and returned to Cuba. The US authorities quickly repatriated the Cuban immigrants who were arrested, who were immediately captured restricted access to immigration benefits for the next five years.

Many rafters make the mistake of trying to reach US shores and get lost at sea. In the most fortunate cases, instead of reaching the north, They went down to other territories, like Mexico and Cayman Islands.

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