Published On: Thu, Mar 15th, 2018

Dutch ruling party VVD: ‘Prevent Venezuelans from traveling to the Netherlands’

BosmanTHE HAGUE - The Dutch ruling party VVD wants its government to take steps to prevent Venezuelans living in Curaçao and Aruba from traveling to the Netherlands.

This appears from written questions asked by the Member of Parliament André Bosman to Undersecretary Raymond Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations today. The parliamentarian wants to know, among other things, whether the governments of Curaçao and/or Aruba have already officially asked the Netherlands for financial and operational support in the issue of Venezuelan refugees.

“How do you rate the Curaçao Prime Minister's statement that the admission of Venezuelans is a Kingdom affair, particularly in the light of the ruling by the former Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations that the admission of foreigners is a country affair and that the countries should take care of their own admissions and the process of entry and exit?”

Bosman refers to reports in the media that Aruba does not have a shelter. "Is it true that Aruba still does not have the shelter, despite the fact that the government has been working on it since 2006? Do you share the impression that the lack of a location is not so much related to the degree of financial support as to slow decision-making and political unwillingness? Can you indicate to what extent Curaçao has the facilities and regulations regarding the admission of refugees in order?”

The MP wants to know whether the emergency plan that has been implemented by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Caribbean Netherlands Police Corps, the Caribbean Netherlands Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Netherlands for the possible scenario if the number of migrants in Bonaire is increasing, has already started.

“Can you indicate how many Venezuelans are now in Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire? Is it still unclear how many Venezuelans are in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom? If so, can you at least outline the official figures and how they relate to the estimates of the islands' administrators? How does the observation relate to the fact that in the course of 2017, 16 asylum applications from Venezuelans have been registered in Aruba until the observation of politicians in Aruba that thousands of refugees are walking around on the island?” said Bosman.

By Dick Drayer

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