Cuban Economy to See Some Changes After Travel Reform

Cuba is perhaps thinking that it’s decision on allowing citizens to travel abroad freely will turn good for its economy. The statement comes as the island country takes a cautious and limited free market experiment to rebuild its inefficient economy, including a plan to allow more entrepreneurship and let off 1million state workers.

The island nation’s leaders looks enough confident that raising exit visa necessities will not deliver an awkward evacuation. But they believe that a controlled exodus will ease its economic renovating process by offering an outlet for the predictable surge in unwaged employee and savings in human capital, if its citizens return home with knowledge in market economies.

Lack of Sufficient Employment Opportunities is the Key

According to political scientist at Augusta State University, Paolo Spadoni, the biggest problem with country’s layoff plan is that there aren’t sufficient employments available in the private industries to hire these workers. Hence few people have to leave the country for good, while few have to leave for abroad for job search and then return to Cuba; Paolo says in either cases amount of payments to the Island country will increase.

Other communist nations also have witnessed that changes made in travel restrictions have helped them to reshape or reform their societies. Vietnam did entry visa requirements in 1997 and since then there aren’t any limits on citizens travelling abroad except for protesters who are considered as s threat to country’s security.

Dejavu of 1993

Soviet Union citizens also had to go through a similar situation a long ago when complex procedure were put down, but exit visas were officially scrapped in 1993 after the country’s community was dissolved. Russians should still apply for foreign travel passports and there are few restrictions, excluding military officers, high-ranking intelligence and people working in highly confidential defense projects.

The island country’s highly educated, but low paid employees seem ready to take off, tempted to visit foreign for well-paid jobs, after living in the state-dominated economy for several decades where there are no technological infrastructure and independent industry.

The new rules would be applicable from early Jan next year and the new provisions will allow people to stay overseas for 2 years, before giving up full citizenship rights. Earlier it was for just eleven months. The provision also allows Cubans who have moved abroad for beneficial opportunity to return back. It will allow people to study or work overseas, returning back as valuable contributor to island’s developing economy. Officials believe that travel reforms will be a positive step that opens the door for job training and Cuban labor force formation.


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