Cuba permanently loses about 200 doctors a year in return for its Venezuelan oil supply. Nice to have the data, though the publishing of this data will likely make life even harder for people who want to abandon Cuba via Venezuela in the future. Says the US. embassy in Caracas, per Wikileaks:
From 2006 to 2007, 497 Cubans applied for parole through the CMPP at Embassy Caracas. 407 of those applicants were approved, 70 were denied, and 8 cases are still pending. In 2008, there were 201 applicants, 154 approvals, 28 denials, and 8 cases are still pending. In 2009, Embassy Caracas received 237 applications, 161 of which were approved, 36 denied, and 40 still pending. There have not been any approvals or denials yet in 2010. Since Post began to use YY foils instead of transportation letters in March 2009 (due to fraud concerns), 277 of such foils have been issued. It should be noted that the vast majority of our approved CMPP applicants actually do successfully leave Venezuela. Most
successfully leave on their first attempt flying out of Venezuela with a visa foil or travel letter. Those that are initially detained have apparently often been able to bribe their way out on a subsequent attempt. The rest, as noted above, have made the trek to Colombia and been able to get on a flight to Miami.
The main part of the report focuses on how some of these people — parolees or deserters, depending on your perspective — have been harassed at the airport and had to pay bribes, but the report ends with the note above, saying that they do end up getting out. So it turns out Cuba is paying a significant price for its oil trade with Venezuela, in the loss of hundreds of highly trained professionals. Alas for Venezuela, the benefit accrues to the USA.