Published On: Tue, Sep 6th, 2016

Work load Coast Guard increase caused by situation Venezuela

RefugeesWILLEMSTAD - Venezuela promises to be an important issue in the upcoming debate on the Caribbean Coastguard. According to the Dutch Government, there are very few Venezuelan refugees to the islands. The Coast Guard Curaçao reports that the controls have increased precisely because of the situation in the neighboring country.

The Second Chamber meets today to discuss the Coast Guard. This is according to a report from the Caribbean Network.

Until now, the situation has been closely monitored to prevent an influx of refugees, says the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders. Most of the Venezuelan refugees will move to neighboring countries, such as Colombia, said the Minister during a parliamentary debate on June 30 this year.

Inquiring on site provides a slightly different picture. According to the Coast Guard, the number of inspections Refugees1increased by the arrival of Venezuelan refugees. This has also increased the workload. Also recently a boat with fifteen Venezuelan refugees arrived in Curaçao, the prosecution confirmed.

The budget cuts do not help. “They are just cutting away. With the current capacity we need to be creative,” said Coast Guard spokesman Roderick Gouverneur. “This is why we have formed a task force to work together.”

The Task Force consists of police, immigration service, customs and Defense. They mutually exchange information. “So we are not at random on the water, but based on the information we take effective action,” said Governor.

The Navy has not increased its workload, said spokesman Maartje van der Maas. “This is our work. We do get more requests, as recently in the case of policeman Ferry Bakx, who was murdered in Bonaire, but not because of Venezuelan refugees.”

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