Migration crisis: Almost 18,000 Cubans arrived in the US in April

Migration crisis: Almost 18,000 Cubans arrived in the US in April

HAVANA, May 17  In April, 17,870 Cuban migrants arrived in the United States, which represents an average of 595 each day,reported the US Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP). This entity also updated the numbers of Cubans benefiting from the humanitarian parole established by the Biden Administration: 91,100 migrants from the Island have arrived in the US this way since January 2023.

April has been the month with the lowest number of Cuban arrivals this US fiscal year, which began in October 2023. The statistics maintain a downward trend that began last December (25,050), and continued in January (22,940), February (20,815) and March (19,566).

Last month, CBP officers treated about 116 unaccompanied Cuban minors. In the last seven months, CBP detained 907 Cuban children and adolescents who were traveling without any family member to represent them legally.

In the first four months of 2024, CBP data reflects the arrival of at least 81,191 Cubans to the United States, a monthly average of more than 20,000. If this trend continues, more than 240,000 Cubans could cross US borders in 2024.

According to the April figure, 556,561 Cuban nationals have arrived in the United States since December 2021, when Nicaragua eliminated the visa requirement for Cubans and the current migration crisis began.

From that moment, flights to Managua became the first step of the migratory route that continues through Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. Earlier this month, it emerged that more than 10,000 Cubans were intercepted in Mexico in the first quarter of 2024.

On the other hand, CBP updated the data on the humanitarian parole policy established by the White House in January 2023. From that date until the end of April 2024, more than 591,000 people from Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Haiti have scheduled appointments through the CBP One application to travel to the US legally.

Some 434,800 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans have arrived legally on commercial flights to the United States, and “were granted conditional release,” the CBP said. Since the humanitarian parole came into force, 91,100 Cubans have migrated to the United States through that program.

In addition to the route through Central America and the humanitarian parole, Cubans also continue to use the sea route to leave the Island and reach Florida. The US Coast Guard (USCG) continues to detain rafters at sea. On Tuesday, it reported in a statement on the repatriation of 23 Cubans, after two interceptions of illegal travel near Key West.