Published On: Wed, Oct 17th, 2018

Civil Registrations Office: ‘Curaçao’s population is decreasing’

KranshiWILLEMSTAD - During a recent press conference, the Civil Registry’s Office (Kranshi) indicated that the island’s population fell by 0.8 percent in the first eight months of this year. On average about 15 people unregister themselves from the Civil Registration each day.

On 1 September, Curaçao had 158,571 citizens registered. There has been a decrease in the last 21 months with 1,767 people. Certainly not if this is compared with the same number of 21 months in earlier periods from the beginning of 1987 (-3.954), the beginning of 1998 (-8.827) and the beginning of 2000 (-8.467).

This is why the decrease in the last 21 months, from a historical perspective, is not high.

Curaçao sees a population decline for the first time in fifteen years. In 2017 there were 349 people and in 2018 to September even 1,441. Further analysis shows that the birth and mortality balance has hardly any influence, but the difference is between emigration and immigration.

The statistics also show that the officially known migration consists of 80 percent of persons born within the Kingdom and 95 percent of people traveling between Curaçao and the Netherlands.

The largest population size ever - apart from illegal immigrants who are of course not registered - was 160,338 in January 2017. A year later that number became 160,012. In the first eight months, 1,194 babies were added; 965 persons died; 2,582 immigrants have entered the country; and 4,072 emigrants left.

The government, through Minister Armin Konket of the Policy, Planning and Government Services (BDP), uses these figures to counteract panic and fake news saying that hundreds of people are leaving the island every day.

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