Published On: Wed, Oct 28th, 2015

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Immigration Venezuelans under control”

KoendersTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - Immigration of Venezuelans to Curaçao is under control. The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders wrote this on behalf of his colleagues the Ministers of Defense and Kingdom Relations to the Dutch House of Representatives.

The answers are not directly related to the shooting incident of the two police officers by the Venezuelans last Thursday. The Minister answered questions asked by the Dutch MPs for the ruling party VVD, Hans ten Broeke and Andre Bosman.

In August, they asked for clarification on immigration based on an article in the media here in Curaçao. The available evidence indicates that there has indeed been an increase in the number of Venezuelans who travel to the island and who stay longer than allowed, but it is not a substantial increase.

Koenders points out the border controls at Hato Airport and at sea ports. The Immigration Service of Curaçao is also doing its checks and is often deporting illegals. The Minister noted that the Immigration cannot simply rely on the time that foreigners initially get to stay in Curaçao. Foreigners can extend their tourist visa while on the island and also apply for a work permit.

Koenders wrote that the Dutch government is in constant contact with Curaçao on immigration issues and the situation in Venezuela. A special task force, which includes Defense and the Coast Guard are involved, monitoring the situation in Venezuela and possible consequences for Curaçao.

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