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The U.S. blockade against Cuba stimulates migration given that it depresses the standard of living of the population, recalled Diplomat Fernandez de Cossio.
Cuba called on the United States for maintaining measures to encourage illegal migration, among which the privileged treatment of Cubans who arrive at the border and the application of the Cuban Adjustment Act stand out.
Fernandez de Cossio also pointed out that the U.S. blockade against Cuba stimulates migration given that it deteriorates the socioeconomic conditions of the population.
"There is no doubt that a policy aimed at depressing the standard of living of the population constitutes a direct stimulus to emigrate. We have never put up a barrier, it has been the blockade that has put up the barriers," he said, adding that other drivers of migration are regulations granting preferential treatment to undocumented Cubans who enter U.S. territory.
Cuba and the U.S. have a set of migration agreements dating from 1994, which were updated in 2017. They establish the bases for legal and safe emigration between both countries.