A doctor has become the first Cuban to receive a Spanish passport, under a new law granting citizenship to the grandchildren of Spaniards who fled during the Civil War. Norberto Luis Diaz Reyes, the grandson of a Spanish doctor, plans to move to Valencia in southern Spain where he says a job already awaits him.
But Spanish Consul General Pablo Barrios said he does not expect a flood of Cubans to leave. “This won’t mean an exodus of Cubans from here to Spain or to the outside to live permanently, no. To live for a certain period of time, without doubt, yes,” he said. A Spanish passport is a prized possession in Cuba where it is viewed as a way to leave the island. it is estimated that at least 200,000 people will seek a Spanish passport under the law which expires in 2012.