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Posted: Friday, December 4, 2015. 8:31 am CST.

Posted December 4, 2015. 8:30 am CST

A Cuban migrant man receives his passport with the visa granted by the immigration office at the border post with Panama in Paso Canoas, Costa Rica November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

By Aaron Humes: After Guatemala refused to allow them in, Costa Rica has turned to Belize to allow thousands of Cuban migrants to enter Belize en route to the United States.

Nicaragua too has denied access to the over 4,000 Cubans camped along the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border for the last few months.

Belize will make a decision after Cabinet meets next Tuesday.

If the negotiations are successful, the Cuban migrants would enter Belize via a so-called air bridge, and the migrants may have to foot the bill for the flights, as Costa Rica will not pay, said ChannelNewsAsia.

Central America and Mexico have registered a surge in migrants from the Communist-ruled island as the process of detente between Washington and Havana announced in December stirs fears that long-standing U.S. asylum rights for Cubans may soon end.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis is scheduled to visit Cuba later this month where the topic of the stranded Cuban migrants will likely be raised.

Photo courtesy of ChannelNewsAsia.

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