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Fox: Christopher Sabatini on Cuba's Migration Policy

Thursday, January 3, 2013

AS/COA's Christopher Sabatini spoke to about Cuba's migratory reform and its potential for change on the island. Due to go into effect on January 14, the new policy lifts the requirement for Cubans to obtain an exit visa to leave the country. Sabatini explained that the change stems from a need to generate hard currency and remittances and to "skim off public frustration" over lack of structural reforms. "It is progress in the sense that more Cubans will be able to travel," he said, but warned the government can still limit travel by controlling the issuing of passports. Sabatini explained that more Cubans may emigrate to the United States through third countries, since the "wet foot, dry foot" policy allows Cubans who enter by land to gain residency.