Government considers increasing the frequency of Cuban flights

Costa Rica is seeking to step up the frequency of air flights to bring Cuban migrants to the Mexican border.

Casa Presidencial said that President Luis Guillermo Solís met with presidents Enrique Peña Nieto of México and Jimmy Morales of Guatemala Wednesday after a regional meeting to discuss the issue.

The government would need about five months to transport an estimated 8,000 Cubans stranded here with the current schedule of two flights a week.

Meanwhile some of the migrants are being transferred from public shelters that were set up in schools because classes begin Tuesday.

In Sarchí Wednesday some 50 migrants went from the Escuela de Zarchí Sur to a local church. Thursday some 133 migrants were transported from the Paso Canoas and La Cuesta schools in the canton of  Corredores to the Cruz Roja facilities in  Ciudad Cortés.

The national emergency commission said that many of the Cubans assisted with making the transfer by moving materials and cleaning.

Moving the foam mattresses and other materials in the public shelters is a big job.

Moving the foam mattresses and other materials in the public shelters is a big job.

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