Cuba balcony woman UNPhoto-Milton GrantCuba will scrap much-reviled travel restrictions starting in January, making it easier for its citizens to leave the communist-ruled island in the first major reform to its migration policies in half a century.

The changes reverse tough restrictions imposed in 1961 when the government tried to put the brakes on a mass migration of people fleeing after the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.

The United States has welcomed the decision by President Raul Castro to abolish the requirement for exit permits.

(READ the full story from Reuters)

UN Photo by Milton Grant

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