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Cubans queue for Spanish citizenship

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With a worldwide deadline for people living abroad to apply for Spanish citizenship on Tuesday, hundreds of Cubans waited outside the embassy in the capital Havana.

Spain has given the opportunity to anyone whose Spanish parents or grandparents left the country during the civil war in the 1930s, and in Cuba where internet access is not freely available, many wanted to make sure they would have the chance.

One person trying to take advantage of the offer was teacher Daisy Ramos who explained why it was important for so many Cubans. “Everyone is trying to take advantage of this in order to travel and be able to visit our families; a father, a son, a brother. These are difficult situations, family separation is very difficult,” she said.

Spain’s government is trying to address the legacy of exiles who left under the rule of General Franco, and it presents a big opportunity for people living in Cuba where travel restrictions are very tight.