- Apr 13, 2011
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
Nearly 183,000 Cubans have traveled overseas since a migratory reform law took effect earlier this year, island authorities said late Tuesday.A report on state television said 182,799 people have traveled abroad since January, when the reform eliminated the costly, much-loathed exit visa that for decades was required of all islanders.
The reform also scrapped the practice of requiring Cubans to secure a letter of invitation from someone in the country they wished to visit.
"The enactment of the new measures has taken place in a climate of normality, of internal and external acceptance," a television news presenter said against video images of the Havana airport and passport office.
Many of the most vocal members of Cuba's dissident community have been allowed to travel overseas under the new rules, accept rights prizes and bash the island's Communist system in speeches.
Read more @: Cuba: Nearly 183,000 Travel Abroad Since Reform - ABC News
I applaud this reform. This is a step in the right direction for Cuba. If they want a truly healthy socialist system the people themselves need more freedom and more liberties and this is a great start.