Russians are still flocking to Miami to give birth, according to a new report from Bloomberg.
While there is little in the way of hard statistics on birth tourism to America, there is evidence that the number of Russians coming to Miami to have their baby is on the rise, Bloomberg wrote. The increase comes despite the fall of the ruble, visa difficulties, and U.S.-Russia tensions.
Miami is said to be the city of choice for residents of the former Soviet Union coming to America for birth tourism. In particular, Sunny Isles is the city where affluent Russians end up, with many staying in the Trump Towers or other luxury buildings.
Visiting a Russian deli called Matryoshka in Sunny Isles, most customers seemed pregnant, the reporter wrote.
Every flight from Russia to Miami has at least one pregnant woman, with some having as many as five, the owner of the Miami-Mama birthing agency said. Agencies charge as much as $50,000 for a package that includes housing and a hospital stay.
America grants instant citizenship to any child born on its soil, regardless of the legal status of the parents. Some of the Russians interviewed claimed they weren’t motivated by getting an American passport for their child, however. President Trump has vowed to end birthright citizenship.