Fear for wave of Venezuelan refugees
WILLEMSTAD - Venezuelan citizens in Curaçao and Aruba are sounding the alarm about the growing threat from the leftist regime in Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean islands. This is according to a report by Edwin Timmer in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
The Venezuelan citizens on the islands are fearing for the explosive situation in Caracas and the increasingly extreme steps taken by the Venezuelan President Maduro.
Among others Alfredo Limongi, former president of advocacy group Venexcur, fears a wave of refugees from the South American country. “Every day, desperate compatriots are calling for a safe haven on the Caribbean islands. Curaçao and Aruba are just a half hour flight from Caracas, the capital burdened by scarcity and criminal violence.”
The border dispute between Colombia and Venezuela, instigated by President Maduro to prevent the smuggling of cheap fuel and food, also threatens the ABC islands. Governor Stella Lugo's of the coastal state Falcón is demanding action against the illicit trade in Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. She speaks even of an economic war.
“The Corps Police Curaçao has no official figures on the number of Venezuelans arriving. It is certain that more Venezuelan prostitutes are offering their services in Curaçao neighborhood pubs,” says De Telegraaf. Extreme insecurity is a reason to pack the suitcases for good. Interest group Venexcur says the politics on the islands, the church and the Red Cross have warned of the dire situation in the large neighboring country.