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Migration Crisis Over 200 Ghanaians transiting from Cuba to USA stranded

The statement, signed by the acting director the ISD, Elizabeth Essel, said it follows the adaptation of new immigration reforms by Cuban immigration authorities aimed at affecting the entry of African migrants especially Ghanaians and Nigerians ...

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More than 200 Ghanaians and other African migrants transiting from Cuba to the USA are stranded at the Costa Rican-Nicaraguan border post of Penas Blancas, a statement from the Information Services Department (ISD) has said.

The statement, signed by the acting director the ISD, Elizabeth Essel, said it follows the adaptation of new immigration reforms by Cuban immigration authorities aimed at affecting the entry of African migrants especially Ghanaians and Nigerians from using Cuba as an entry point into the USA, central America and other Caribbean countries.

The statement said the reforms are intended to curtail the surge of African migrants to maintain international and regional standards in human trafficking and migration flows.

“The Ghanaians, however, become stranded with no means of catering for themselves,” the statement said.

“These strict immigration reforms follow interrogations of mostly Ghanaian nationals and some Nigerians, who informed Cuban authorities that the country is being used as a conduit to the USA in particular."

The ISD issued the statement on the back of security briefing it received from the Interior Ministry.

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It said the Cuban immigration officials have unofficially begun refusing entry to and deporting African migrants immediately on arrival in the country in spite of their valid visas.

The statement also asked the public to be wary of a travel and tour company known as “Travel to the united states through Cuba” which operates in Accra and Kumasi where the syndicate advertise through the media, promising to transport people to America only to be stranded in Cuba with more immigration complications.

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