The Mexican authorities detained this Friday seven Cuban rafters who arrived in Cancun, according to the State Secretary of Public Security of Quintana Roo through its account on the Twitter social network.

According to a note from Radio Television Marti, “the Cubans were reported after they landed near a hotel under construction in the hotel zone of Cancun.”

Along with the publication on Twitter, the Mexicans made public a video captured by a surveillance camera that showed the moment of the arrest.


Said cameras, according to the State Secretary of Public Security of Quintana Roo, made it possible to find the immigrants.

“As a consequence, they were located meters ahead by members of the Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace and Security, making them available to the corresponding authority,” the agency said.

The economic, political and social crisis that Cuba has been going through in recent years, worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, has unleashed an exodus of Cubans despite the fact that restrictions are increasing in the countries where they arrive.

Some choose to escape to Mexico, between January and October 2021 Cubans added 7,915 asylum applications in the Aztec country, according to figures revealed by the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR).

Others travel to countries in Central America and the Caribbean to head north, until they reach the border with the United States. Several are those who go to Russia, a nation that does not require a visa for the island’s nationals, and from there start a route that takes them through Serbia, North Macedonia and Greece, with the aim of entering the European Union.

And there are those who choose the sea. Hundreds of Cubans have tried to cross the Straits of Florida since the start of fiscal year 2022 in the United States.

The US Coast Guard has rescued 557 Cubans at sea since October 1, 2021, a figure well above that of the same period of time in 2020 (49); 2019 (313) and 2018 (259).

Almost 200 Cubans have been returned to the island by US authorities so far in 2022.

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