In the year to April 2012, 32,820 people of Cuban extraction were granted residency in the USA, 0.285% of the Cuban population.* All Cubans are automatically (and uniquely) entitled to US residency when they arrive in the USA, there are no prerequisites.
In the year to April 2013, 89,000 Irish people emigrated to various countries, 1.939% of the Irish population.**
Cuba has a population almost three times that of Ireland. This shows that economic migration from Ireland is currently running at SEVEN TIMES that of Cuba.
In 2009, the equivalent figures indicated a ratio of five times more people fleeing Ireland than Cuba.
That is a statistic that you won’t see in the US or Irish media.
*Source: US Office of Immigration Statistics
**Source: Central Statistics Office of Ireland:
CUBA: (32,820 residencies x 100) / 11,500,000 population = 0.285%
IRELAND: (89,000 migrants x 100) / 4,590,000 population = 1.939%
RATIO: 1.939 / 0.285 = 6.8 (or approx. 7 times)