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Cuban government repatriates 178 Haitians

MADRID, Cuba.- The Cuban authorities repatriated this Wednesday 178 Haitian migrants who had landed in Cayo Francés, a territory belonging to the municipality of Caibarién, in the province of Villa Clara, on June 28th of this year.

In the group of Haitians, who intended to reach the United States coasts, 31 children, 46 women and 101 men traveled.

“The return of the migrants was carried out by virtue of the international commitments on migration, of which Cuba is a party, and in correspondence with the ties of brotherhood, cooperation and solidarity,” said the deputy governor of Villa Clara, Milaxy Sánchez.

After arriving in Cuba, the Haitians received medical attention and were evacuated to the Willian Darias facility, located on the outskirts of the city of Santa Clara.

On June 18, a sailboat with dozens of Haitian migrants who were trying to reach the United States landed on the coast of Baracoa, in the province of Guantánamo.

Almost a month earlier, on May 24, a boat with more than 800 Haitian migrants washed up on the shores of the same municipality of Caibarién.

In February 2022, a precarious boat with 292 Haitians, including 56 minors, also arrived on the north coast of the province of Ciego de Ávila.

According to official data, from 2001 to 2021, a total of 76 boats carrying more than 4,000 Haitian migrants arrived in the Cuban province of Guantánamo alone.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) indicates that more than 6,000 Haitians have been intercepted trying to arrive in that country by sea since October 2021.

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