Panama calls for regional solution to Cuban migrants

Cuban migrants take pictures as they board a flight to Panama City in Puerto Obaldia, Guna Yala province, 300 km southeast of Panama City on May 15, 2015Panama on Friday called for a regional solution to growing numbers of Cuban migrants stranded on its territory as they try to make it to the United States. This week, around a third of the 3,000 migrants — mostly Cubans, but some Africans among them — piled up near Panama’s border with Costa Rica and forced their way across before all but 120 were made to return. Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the next country northwards in Central America, have closed their borders to Cuban migrants since late last year.

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