Nearly 2,000 Cubans have to be relocated from school shelters

Some 1,981 stranded Cuban migrants are being housed in public schools, but with classes starting in less than two weeks, the national emergency commission has to relocate them, it said Monday.

There are eight schools involved. They are in Corredores, Aguirre, Parrita, Puntarenas Centro, Valverde Vega and La Cruz, said the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.

Currently, the agency said there are 5,348 Cubans being housed in 36 public shelters. Many more are in private situations, church shelters, homes of Costa Ricans and shelters set up by international agencies.

Meanwhile, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería said that 80 families have been selected for the next airlift to El Salvador. The families include 184 persons, including children, said the agency.

The individuals are in the process of presenting their passports for El Salvadoran and Guatemalan visas, said the agency. They are scheduled to leave Feb. 4.

The families are paying their own way, which costs $555 for adults, $350 for youngsters between 2 and 12 and $150 for those under 2. The price includes visa fees.

Once in El Salvador, the Cubans will go by bus to the Mexican border. There they have to make their own way to the United States. They have been here since at least mid-November.

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