Just out of interest... do they still do this? The last report I heard about was several years ago. This could easily mean that it just isn't exciting news any more, particularly on UK-based networks... Also, friends of mine who have been to Cuba have said that the people that they talked to over there are very pro-Castro and very anti-America. Both are understandable. Castro is charasmatic and has good propaganda (Stalin was loved by much of his population), and America has spent a lot of effort trying to screw up Cuba (sugar embargo anyone?). They do admit that life is not easy in Cuba. Why? Because the economy is screwed. Guess who is (with some justification) the target of that wrath? It would be interesting running some stats on the people who have escaped / do try to escape. Are they from one particular group (political supporters of the old government, upper-class people, etc etc) or are they people who have fallen foul of the authorities, or are they a complete mix? My cynical side says that these stats are certainly gathered by US immigration (where possible) and that they are not available to the public because they disprove the implicit American propaganda that Cubans from all walks of life are fleeing Cuba because it is terrible there. Also, in regards to the whole 'crossing shark-infested waters' charge, I would like to suggest that the pragmatic approach to the Cuban immigrants/refugees the USA takes (wet feet / dry feet) encourages them to undertake this hazardous journey. Without the promise of being allowed to stay if they actually get ashore, and with the knowledge that the US authorities will automatically send you back, how many people would have attempted it?