Cayman and Cuba to discuss changes to MOU

High level talks between Cayman and Cuba are planned to discuss the mounting migrant problem. Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson is flying to Havana in April and top of the agenda are possible changes to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two countries 15 years ago.

Cayman has a history of being a transit stop for Cubans fleeing their homeland in search of a better life elsewhere. Many simply pass by, but often some stay, seeking asylum.

Cayman 27 learned in 2013, the total cost to house, feed, secure and offer medical assistance for those seeking asylum here has topped $2 million since 2005.

Mr. Manderson told Cayman 27 in an e-mail, “We will be visiting Cuba in April to discuss possible amendments to the MOU.”

The meeting with the Cuban government was scheduled for last month, but will now be held in April.

Meanwhile, another a boatload of Cuban migrants had been anchored off West End point in Cayman Brac since Monday evening (17 February).

They left at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning (19 February) after waiting for weather conditions to improve.  Of the 14 passengers on board the 25 foot vessel, one was a woman.

This is the 5th group to pass through Cayman waters since the beginning of the year.

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