Published On: Mon, Oct 6th, 2014

UN reports on unregulated immigration situation

WillemstadWILLEMSTAD - The official international report (UN) on Curacao reports on the unregulated immigration situation. At the moment Curacao counts about 35,000 undocumented immigrants of a total official population of 150,000.

Illegal immigration poses a problem to the economic and social fabric of the (former) Netherlands Antilles, especially Curacao. There is much movement of persons from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Venezuela into the Netherlands and, because of easy migration to Holland from Curacao, it is difficult to keep track of them. This situation is compounded by the lack of any de facto immigration policy, despite the efforts of the Social Directorate in that regard. Lack of capacity also presents a significant challenge.

Migrants are unable to access social security benefits and are forced to take low paying jobs. They also tend to be rejected by the society at large and endure ill health or destitution due to their inability to access resources from the social system. Due to the desperate situation of some migrants and their dependents, a general pardon was granted to illegal migrants in Curacao, in 2002.”

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