Published On: Mon, Apr 24th, 2017

Thousands of Venezuelans in Curaçao

illegal-venezuelansWILLEMSTAD - In Curaçao there are between five and ten thousand illegal Venezuelans. That is what the Dutch news agency NRC stated in an article about the refugees who are trying to get into the island from the neighboring country. Reporter Nina Jurna joined the Coast Guard Caribbean area in search of refugees.

According to Coast Guard officer, last year 60 Venezuelans were intercepted from the sea. In the first three months of this year, there were already 74. The surprise factor is very important during these actions. The Venezuelans hardly have time to resist.

The Coast Guard does not know if there are Venezuelans who have drowned while trying to reach the island. Occasionally the officers find clothes along the coast. Because the Venezuela-Curaçao route is also used for smuggling, it is often the question if these Venezuelans are criminals or refugees.

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