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Cubana_aircraft_at_Havana_Airport-300x195Under laws passed during recent reforms in Cuba, it has become easier for exiles living in the United States to regain some of their rights in Cuba. If they do so, they run the risk of losing the benefits they gained in the United States.

In 2013, the Cuban government changed their migration laws to make it possible for people who fled the island to return. This process of “repatriation” as it is known gives returnees the ability to receive free health care on the island as well as buy a home, work, and even start a business. Continue reading

630x355-300x169The first time the term “Cuban exile” came into the modern lexicon was after the Cuban Revolution of 1959 led by Fidel Castro. Many exiles thought that the new government would not last and left behind their valuables, which ended up being confiscated by the Cuban government.

Since then, a steady stream of Cuban exiles has left the island nation; today, there are over 800,000 living abroad, with the majority of those who went to the United States living in Florida. Now, the Cuban government is extending an open hand to Cuban exiles, allowing some to return for the first time in their lives.

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Fidels-daughter-210x300Alina Fernández, the daughter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, is scheduled to speak in the Florida Keys on March 8 for a book presentation about her life on the island and in exile. The presentation is based on her 1998 memoir, Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba, which describes her life in Castro’s Cuba and the changes that occurred after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

As a former member of the Cuban elite, Fernández will talk about politics on the island in the 60s and 70s. She’ll also share personal anecdotes about Cuban society and the world surrounding her late father. The presentation will be held in Islamorada, at the Keys History & Discovery Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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