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January

The US Customs and Border Protection agency said it had registered more than 153,000 irregular entries from Cuba in 2023. Another 67,000 entered legally under a humanitarian parole program, introduced a year ago by President Joe Biden's administration. Together with the 313,506 who left in 2022, this mass movement represents "the largest number of Cuban migrants recorded in two years since the beginning of the post-revolutionary Cuban exodus in 1959," said Jorge Duany, director of CRI.

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In this essay, Drs. Sergio Díaz-Briquets and Juan Carlos Albizu-Campos Espiñeira document and discuss how changing political and socioeconomic circumstances, together with misguided and ill-conceived economic reform attempts within the politico-economic system governing Cuba, have contributed to often overlooked demographic and social dislocations, emigration being but the most visible consequence.

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The Mellon Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to FIU's Cuban Research Institute to establish a three-year fellowship program for threatened Cuban scholars. The program will help artists, writers, scholars, and journalists from the island to continue their work in safety. It will substantially broaden and deepen current discussions about intellectual freedom—including freedom of thought and expression—in Cuba, the United States, and worldwide.

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The final version of the program for our biennial conference on "The Latinization of Florida: Economic, Political, and Cultural Repercussions," to be held on February 15–16, 2024, is available here. To register for the conference, please visit https://14th-CRI-Conference.eventbrite.com

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February

In this essay, Dr. Alejandro Portes and Ryan Bagwell highlight contrasts and disparities in various neighborhoods within Miami-Dade County, focusing on their ethnic and racial composition, as well as their socioeconomic profiles.

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