Migration Talks with the
Government of Cuba
November 14, 2023
On November 14, U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana, Cuba as part of the regular semiannual meetings to discuss the implementation of the U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords — a series of bilateral agreements that date back to 1984. This is the second session in 2023 of these bilateral discussions on migration, reflecting a commitment by both countries to regularly review the implementation of the Accords. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Eric Jacobstein led the U.S. interagency delegation, and Cuba’s Vice Foreign Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossío led the Cuban delegation.
The U.S. delegation raised issues important to cooperation on migration as well as obstacles to fulfilling the goals of the Accords. The migration talks underscore our commitment to pursuing constructive engagement with the Government of Cuba that advance U.S. interests. These talks are also consistent with our interest in fostering family reunification and promoting greater respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cuba.
Ensuring safe, orderly, humane, and regular migration between Cuba and the United States remains a primary objective of the United States.