How The Cuban Migration Story Is Changing

Oct 30, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

A Cuban family treks through a jungle for seven days on foot.

Another Cuban man gets stuck in Central America seeking freedom.

These are the stories of people NPR’s Radio Ambulante followed on their newly released two-part series covering a shift in Cuban migration to the United States.

For nearly 50 years, Cubans could show up to the United States and qualify for residency. But in January 2017, President Obama changed this by ending the wet foot, dry foot policy. Taking planes, buses and boats, some Cubans found themselves stuck in the middle of their journey and it changed everything for them.

Now, the path of some immigrants looks more like this:

We’ll discuss the fates of migrants who are searching for something better, and what this means for U.S.-Cuba relations.


Daniel Alarcón, Executive Producer and Host, Radio Ambulante; Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of Journalism;@DanielGAlarcon

Luis Trelles, Reporter and Producer, Radio Ambulante; @cu_bata

Jorge Duany, Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology, Florida International University

Nora Gamez Torres, Cuba Reporter, El Nuevo Herald and The Miami Herald; @ngameztorres

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