From 2000 to 2012, almost one million Cubans traveled abroad. Of those, only 120,705 (12.8%) decided not to return. So much for the “escape valve” theory that hardliners keep using to scare off rational policies of engagement.
And one thousand Cuban immigrants return to reside in Cuba every year.
Looking at the numbers, does it make sense to perpetuate isolationist policies that aim to keep Cubans bottled up inside the island?