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A sailboat carrying more than a hundred Haitian migrants arrives in Florida


More than a hundred Haitian migrants who were traveling aboard a sailboat arrived in Florida on Tuesday, confronted in recent months with a strong...

More than a hundred Haitian migrants traveling aboard a sailboat arrived in Florida on Tuesday, confronted in recent months with a strong wave of migration, local media and authorities reported.

The boat left Friday from northwestern Haiti, according to one of the passengers interviewed by the Miami Herald newspaper.

US border police confirmed on Twitter the arrival

of "a large group of migrants

" on the island of Key Largo, about 100 kilometers south of Miami, without specifying their nationality.

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The Miami Herald indicated that the sailboat was carrying more than a hundred people while the NBC Miami channel mentioned some 200 passengers.

The Keys archipelago, in the extreme south of Florida, has been confronted in recent days with the arrival of hundreds of migrants, the majority from Cuba.

Since Saturday, at least 460 residents of this Caribbean island have landed in the area, according to a statement from the local sheriff's office, which described the current situation as a "

major migration crisis


At least 300 migrants have made it to Dry Tortugas National Park off the Keys, causing it to close until Monday, authorities said.

Haiti, the poorest country on the American continent, is going through an acute crisis aggravated by growing insecurity and a chaotic political situation.

Cuba is experiencing its worst economic crisis since the 1990s with repeated shortages which is pushing many people to flee the country.

Since December 1, 2021, the American authorities estimate to have carried out more than 270,000 arrests of Cubans trying to enter the United States illegally, or nearly 2.5% of the population of the island.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-01-04

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