Published On: Mon, Mar 19th, 2018

No financial assistance for Curaçao to give asylum to Venezuelan refugees

Coast Guard6WILLEMSTAD - The Netherlands does not intend to assist Curaçao and Aruba in the costs of giving asylum to Venezuelans who try to migrate to the islands.

In government circles in both Willemstad and Oranjestad there will be requests made in The Hague for a contribution to the costs of taking these refugees. Both countries are considering a growing flow of refugees if the situation in Venezuela does not improve very quickly.

“The situation can become more serious, but we have made agreements about this within the Kingdom. We want to help Curaçao and Aruba. This has also been confirmed in a letter to the islands. We have knowledge in the area of migration and asylum. We offered that. How the agreements will continue to work out will become apparent in the future. That depends on how the situation develops. But we will not leave the islands alone. That is not to say that we as the Netherlands are sending money for everything because we do not have that money on the budget,” said the Undersecretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops.

The Undersecretary emphasizes - just as Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok did last week in the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament - that migration policy is a local affair.

The suggestion of the Aruban government to send Venezuelans to the Netherlands seems hopeless. The largest ruling party VVD has already announced that they are against it.

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