Part of a group of 300 Cubans who remain in a shelter rest, in La Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, near the border with Nicaragua on November 26, 2015. Latin American ministers failed in two rounds of meetings Tuesday to find a solution for thousands of US-bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica, the foreign minister of that country said. AFP PHOTO/Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP / EZEQUIEL BECERRA (Photo credit should read EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis announced Thursday that some 4,100 Cuban migrants remain in his country awaiting transportation to the United States.
In response to reporters' questions after meeting in this capital with his Guatemalan counterpart, Jimmy Morales, Solis expressed his wish that "in a few weeks" all the Cubans will have been able to travel to the United States.
To resolve the immigration crisis, which erupted last Nov. 15 when Nicaragua decided to close its borders and about 8,000 Cuban migrants found themselves stranded in Costa Rica, San Jose has been providing assorted ways for the migrants to continue their journeys to the United States, including direct flights to Mexico as well as travel via routes through El Salvador and Guatemala.
The two options were established by the International Organization for Migration via a travel agency.
The route across El Salvador costs $555 per adult and direct flights to Mexico cost between $750 and $850.
When Solis was asked about how those people who have no money will pay for their trips, he said that certainly there will be "philanthropic" measures implemented to attend to their needs, although he did not provide any details.
Since the immigration crisis broke out, Costa Rica has authorized 7,802 temporary visas to the Cubans, but on Dec. 18 it suspended the delivery of any more of those documents saying that it had exhausted its capacity to house any more migrants in the shelters it had set up.