The Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel said Monday in the annual balance meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba (Minrex) that his Executive can not ignore “the many Cubans who live abroad proud and nostalgic for their homeland” or that The origins of the Island have a lot of “immigration and miscegenation”.
In his opinion, the migration policy of his Government should invite everyone “to contribute to the development and defense of the country as far as everyone can.” We do not have to agree on everything, but we can join, “he said.
He also added that “due to the strong impact that consular services have both Cubans on the island and those residing abroad, it is necessary, he said,” maintain a constant increase in quality, good treatment and professionalism “
He did not mention or advance any measure aimed at lowering the high costs of the Cuban passport inside and especially outside of Cuba.
It must be remembered that the recently approved Cuban Constitution does not allow Cuban emigrants to invest in their country. The right of residents abroad to return freely to the Island without fear of being denied entry is also not guaranteed.
Cubans living abroad were unable to vote for the Constitution at Cuban consulates abroad, despite the fact that they were able to collect votes from government officials. From the Executive said that those who wanted to vote had to pay a ticket to the island.
More than 3.5 million Cubans (3,547,523) have relatives abroad. This data represents 38% of the population over 15 years old (9,404,766) on the Island.