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“International Cruise Ship Rescues 28 Cuban Migrants at Sea – Dramatic Rescue Operation!”

The National Institute of Immigration (INM) has taken charge of 28 Cuban migrants who were rescued at sea by an international cruise ship. The rescue operation took place off the coast of the island of Cozumel on April 22.

The group consists of 27 adults – 18 men and nine women – and one unaccompanied minor. Upon their arrival in Cozumel, the cruise ship's crew handed them over to INM officials. The migrants were then processed according to standard immigration procedures.

In partnership with the International Health department of the Secretariat of Health, the migrants underwent a medical examination. As part of the humanitarian protection measures in place, they were initially relocated to Playa del Carmen. They were later moved to a provisional station of the INM in Cancun. Here, they received care and accommodation while their immigration status is being determined.

The unaccompanied minor was referred to the System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family (DIF) in the municipality of Benito Juarez. The minor was placed in the Casa Filtro shelter, where protection measures will be enacted and a plan for rights restoration will be established.

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