President Alberto Fernández confirmed that the rescue operation was suspended. It will continue “when the risk in Argentina is manageable”
President Alberto Fernández announced this Wednesday that “for now” the returns of Argentines who were stranded abroad “are suspended”, with the exception of those over 65.
“We have decided not to enter more people, therefore I have instructed the chancellor (Felipe Solá) to help with resources to those who are abroad until we can order this issue,” the head of state announced Wednesday afternoon.
The question immediately arises: how many are the Argentines who will not be able to be repatriated?
The official estimate is that there are around 10,000 who will be stranded in different parts of the world.
Although a vigorous repatriation device was deployed from Aerolineas Argentinas since regular international flights were canceled, it was not enough. The flag carrier brought about 27,000 nationals since March 13, between regular and special emergency flights.
It happens that, initially, it had been anticipated that around 23,000 Argentines would need a rescue. Later, that number climbed to 45,000, due to the fact that many encountered their commercial flights canceled or wanted to leave countries with coronavirus situations worse than Argentina.
According to estimates by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, registered Argentines without repatriation are divided as follows:
– 1,500 in Mexico.
– 1,500 in the United States.
– 1,300 Argentines in the Dominican Republic.
– 1,000 in Peru.
– 1,000 in Cuba.
– 1,000 in Spain.
– 900 in the United Kingdom.
– 700 in Italy.
– 700 in France.
There are also smaller numbers of Argentines elsewhere in Europe, Central America, Asia, and Oceania.
In an interview with the Telefé channel, the president stressed that “for now the returns are suspended”, when answering a question about the Argentines who were stranded abroad in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are trying to regulate only the income of those over 65 because they are the ones with the highest risk,” said the President, who indicated in this way what will be the priority for the repatriation of citizens who traveled abroad in recent weeks.
In addition, Fernández said that people outside the country “except for an exceptional case that justifies it, will have to wait for the moment of return” and that that will happen “when the risk in Argentina is manageable”.
Until this Wednesday, Aerolineas Argentinas repatriated since last March 13, some 11,780 people who were abroad; to which are added the 140 Argentines who were brought from Peru in two Hercules of the Air Force last weekend.
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