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Cuba, the great exodus

After two years of strict lockdown due to Covid-19, the country’s precarious economy, already damaged by decades of embargo and whose primary sector of activity derives from tourism, has plunged into a desperate phase. Since April 2022, small family-run hotels had reopened and some of the staff had returned to work but the cities and the streets were empty. The crisis hit worse due to Russia Ukraine war with the consequent difficulty in finding primary necessities such as wheat. With the drastically worsening of living conditions, in 2021 and early 2022 nearly 250.000 people, 2% of the entire population, left the island and migrated to USA and the migration continued in 2023. This is the largest exodus since Castro’s 1959 revolution.

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