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Pregnant Venezuelans Are Moving to Colombia to Avoid Giving Birth in the World’s Most Miserable Country

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 14, 2017, 3:41 pm
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At least 82 Venezuelan mothers sought medical care in Cartagena to give birth to their babies in the first two months of 2017. (La Patilla)

EspañolFaced with their country’s economic and political crisis, pregnant Venezuelans are moving to Colombia to give birth and in search of a better life for their children.

A report by the Spanish newspaper El País revealed that the “odyssey” faced by pregnant women looking to give birth safely is getting worse each day as the health sector enters into an “emergency state.”

According to a study by economist Steve Hanke at Johns Hopkins University, Venezuela has the worst economic conditions in the world.

 

At least 82 Venezuelan mothers sought medical care in Cartagena, Colombia while giving birth in the first two months of 2017.

“They usually go into the emergency room when they are in labor pains or feel very bad,” said Jorge Quintero, a doctor and hospital manager.

In 2016, 309 Venezuelans received medical care there, a turnover of almost US $50,000 in spending fort the clinic. Between January and February this year, that number has already reached around US $17,000.

The economic and political crisis in Venezuela has strongly affected Venezuelans, so much so that in February a Venezuelan mother decided to give her daughter away in Cúcuta, Colombia because she would have otherwise been unable to feed her.

Source: El País

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Mexico Deports 49 Cubans with “Irregular” Immigration Status En Route to U.S.

By: Karina Martín - Mar 14, 2017, 3:18 pm
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EspañolMexico deported 49 Cubans this week who were hoping to pass through to the United States. Last Monday, March 13th, Mexico's National Institute of Migration deported the 49 Cubans — 40 of whom were men and nine of whom were women — by aircraft. According to an NIM report, they entered Mexican territory at various times in hopes of obtaining an exit permit that would allow them to freely pass through to the United States. The exit permit is listed in the country's Immigration Law as a measure providing foreigners the possibility of legally moving for 20 days so they can regularize their immigration status in Mexico or leave the country. However, according to the INM, "the Consulate General of Cuba carried out nationality recognition that assisted in their return by law." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Hundreds of Cubans have been repatriated by NIM since the repeal of the "Wet feet, Dry Feet" policy that allowed Cubans who made it to US soil to stay. According to official Cuban data, 979 Cubans have been repatriated between January 1 and February 17. Six hundred and eighty of them were repatriated after the policy was changed. In 1995, the policy was adopted by the Bill Clinton administration because the Cuban dictatorship refused to accept Cuban deportees. Clinton managed to reach an agreement with Havana to return the rafters intercepted at sea, while the United States would accept those who managed to reach the mainland. Sources: Cubanet; Cubadebate; Diario las Américas.

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