More people have arrived to the U.S. from Cuba in the first two months of this year than all of 2014. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 25,806 Cubans have entered the U.S. in January and February. If the current pace is maintained, their number could hit 150,000 by the end of 2016, three times more than last year.
The number of Cubans migrating to the States reached 13,014 in 2007 before starting to slow down at 7,054 in 2009. Since them, each year has marked an increase. There were 24,277 Cubans coming in 2014 and 43,154 in 2015.
The U.S. has a policiy to admit any Cuban citizen arriving to the country by land or by sea. The so-called “wet feet, dry feet” agreement allows practically any individual from Cuba to relocate legally to the U.S., except for those with serious criminal history. Analysts consider that the immigration pace this year could be explained by fear that the arrangement might change.
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