Poverty rate:


out of the total population.


  • Sending country: About 1.7 million Cubans or 15% of the population live abroad, mainly in the US (81%), Spain (9%), and Italy (2%). 

  • Destination country: About 5 million immigrants or 0.04% out of the total population live in Cuba. The main countries of origin are Spain (31%), Russia (13%), and Haiti (6%). 






* Weekly data update



  • Border closures. 

  • The obligatory quarantine at home for 14 days was established for any national or foreigner entering the country. In addition to:

    • The departure of all foreigners in a tourist condition. 

    • The entry allowance of Cuban citizens (excluding the emigrates) and the foreigner residents in Cuba. 

    • The progressive application of this measure hopes to totally suspend entries and departures from the following 30 days. 


  • As of March 23, 2020, Resolution 82/2020 of the Ministry of Health was issued, establishing obligatory quarantine  for "travelers from abroad who enter the country from that date."


  • As of March 23, 2020, the Cuban government announced the suspension of classes, at all levels, for one month to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


  • The Ministry of Culture suspended planned national and international shows. The Sports Ministry also did the same, including trips abroad for some athletes.


  • As of March 19, 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported the suspension of the time limit to stay abroad for Cuban citizens as a temporary measure due to the pandemic. In other words, Cuban citizens abroad that are close to completing 24 months of uninterrupted stay outside Cuba would not have to request an extension or travel to Cuba before the expiration of the term. This measure is adopted until further notice in order to reduce the entry of Cuban migrants to Cuba and prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

*For more detail go to the digital archive that we created:

In mid-March 2020, nearly every country on the continent declared a health emergency. These countries closed their borders and adopted a series of exceptional measures, arguing that forced immobility as a  solution to contain the virus. Following the shutdown of borders,  more than 30 researchers from the Americas, interested in analyzing the migratory question politically, organized virtually and began to consider the particular situation of millions of migrants, women, men, children and adolescents, from the continent and/or from other latitudes, all of whom are mobile and in transit.

Original Concept: Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston

General Coordination:Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston & Ulla D. Berg, Rutgers University

Research, Systematization and Development of Contents: Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston;  Ulla D. Berg, Rutgers University; Lucía Pérez-Martínez, FLACSO-Ecuador; Mónica Salmon, New School for Social Research; Sebastián León,  Rutgers University.

Coordination polyphonic map: Iréri Ceja Cárdenas: Museo Nacional/ Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro

Project Advisor: Nicholas De Genova, Universidad of Houston.


Translation team Spanish - English: 

Soledad Álvarez Velasco, Mónica Salmón, Ulla Berg, Luin Goldring, Tanya Basok, Ingrid Carlson, Gabrielle Cabrera.

Translation team Spanish - Portuguese: 

Iréri Ceja, Gustavo Dias, Gislene Santos, Elisa Colares, Handerson Joseph, Caio Fernandes, María Villarreal.

Website Design and Development:  ACHU! Studio; Francisco Hurtado Caicedo, Social Observatory of Ecuador

Photography: David Gustafsson y Cynthia Briones.

Video: David Gustafsson.

Some of the researchers of this project are members of these CLACSO Working Groups

English translation and proofreading by Gabrielle Cabrera, Rutgers University.

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