• Short Summary

    THERE ARE NOW SOME 12,000 CUBAN REFUGEES IN SPAIN, MAINLY IN MADRID, BUT DISPERSED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    THERE ARE NOW SOME 12,000 CUBAN REFUGEES IN SPAIN, MAINLY IN MADRID, BUT DISPERSED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. EVERY MONTH THE NUMBER INCREASES AS MORE SEEK A NEW LIFE IN SPAIN, OR AN ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES.

    CUBANS WISHING TO LEAVE THEIR NATIVE LAND FACE A DIFFICULT PROBLEM. ONLY IN VERY RARE CASES CAN THEY OBTAIN AN EXIT VISA TO ANY COUNTRY OTHER THAN SPAIN, SO THOSE WHO WISH TO LEAVE ARE BOUND TO GO THERE.

    MOST OF THE CUBANS ARRIVE WITH NOTHING MORE THAN THE INADEQUATE CARIBBEAN CLOTHES THEY ARE WEARING. FEW HAVE ANY MONEY. FOR SOME IT IS A STOPOVER VISIT BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE UNITED STATES. HOWEVER AMERICAN SECURITY CHECKS TAKE CONSIDERABLE TIME, SOMETIMES 12 WEEKS, AND THE LONGER THE REFUGEE IS IN SPAIN, THE LONGER HE MUST BE SUPPORTED.

    OTHERS ARE LUCKY IN AS MUCH AS THEY HAVE FRIENDS OR RELATIVES IN SPAIN. BUT EVEN IF THEY HAVE SOMEWHERE TO STAY, THEIR CHANCES OF FINDING A JOB ARE UNLIKELY SINCE SPAIN HAS ITS OWN UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS.

    THE REFUGEES RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM THREE MAIN SOURCES; TOW DINING HALLS SERVE 900 MEALS TWICE A DAY FOR SIX DAYS OF THE WEEK - THIS IS SUPPORTED BY THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT; THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE PROVIDES TEMPORARY HOUSING, AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE, AND ENGLISH CLASSES, BUT NO CARE OR MAINTENANCE; AND THE GOVERNMENT, CHURCH, AND INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE JOINTLY WHERE THEY CAN IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION.

    FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT LEAVE SPAIN FOR THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE FEW COUNTRIES THAT WILL ACCEPT THEM AS IMMIGRANTS. MOST OF THEM HOPE TO RETURN TO CUBA SOMEDAY, BUT MEANWHILE THEY IDLE THEIR TIME WAY IN SPAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAPLTUZRJ7S0GGUS6BTGRCEZDR
    Media URN:
    VLVAPLTUZRJ7S0GGUS6BTGRCEZDR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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