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Cuban FM underlines relevance of new immigration provisions

Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez noted on Friday that the new draft bills on Migration, Immigration and Citizenship do not limit Cubans’ rights.

On his X profile, the head of Cuban diplomacy noted that those provisions aim to continue to strengthen the Cubans’ unity, based on the current migration phenomena, which are highly complex.

The draft bills are being reviewed the lawmakers of the National People’s Power Assembly (Parliament), prior to their presentation at the Third Ordinary Session of that body next July.

Among other measures, they eliminate the 24-month limit as the period authorized for Cubans to stay abroad, so that no Cuban citizen, declared resident abroad, will lose their rights in the country.

According to the head of the Directorate of Identification, Immigration and Foreigners (DIIE), First Colonel Mario Méndez, these provisions stop the increase in the status of emigrants, held by those who left the country before 2013.

He stated that a care system will be organized gradually for those who wish to change their status and qualify for the category of resident abroad.

No one loses their home, car or any other properties because they are residents abroad. There is no reference in the projects against this, in this sense, he stated.

Cuba enacted the Migration Law in 1972, the provisions of which were published in 1978 and were one of the most relevant changes to this policy in the country.

Four decades later, in 2012, an updating process began by means of several decrees, prior to several modifications introduced in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

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