(CMR) Seventeen Cuban migrants arrived in the Cayman Islands on Sunday, just days after 19 others arrived in the Cayman Brac.
The Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) confirmed that the 17 migrants, sixteen (16) males and one (1) female, were rescued by the Caribe Legend Cargo Ship, which was destined for Grand Cayman.
The cargo ship rescued the migrants at sea and arrived at the George Town Port on Sunday, 13 November 2022, at approximately 11:30 am.
The Government has spent over $1.2 million so far this year to house and feed illegal migrants coming into Cayman. While this bill is of concern, Deputy Premier and Minister for Border Control, Hon. Chris Saunders said the Government does not have total control over the repatriation process.
He explained that the Cayman Islands has obligations under the 1951 UN Conventions on Refugees with regard to refugees and asylum seekers. Migrants have the right to apply for asylum and the right to appeal if the application is denied. Repatriation is only possible after this process is completed.