Bolivia: “Tears and Fraud as the Door to Spain Closes”

Estimates are that as many as 200,000 Bolivians have migrated to Spain in the last three years … The lines at the passport office here in Cochabamba have been so long for so long that people sleep by the door just for the chance to get a ticket securing a space to come back weeks later,” writes Jim Shultz in his summary of reaction to Spain's decision to require visas from visiting Bolivians. Miguel Buitrago adds that “at this point in time, there are no more tickets available to travel by plane. The two airlines servicing that route, LAB and Aero Sur, have sold out all their seats. Additionally, LAB, the Bolivian airline, has been having trouble keeping up with its bills and just days ago, it has completely ceased operations and canceled all its flights to Spain.”

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