17 January 2019 08:30 PM
Updated January 17, 2019 21:08
The Government of Curacao, an autonomous territory of the Caribbean linked to the Netherlands, has submitted a request for support to the European country for the impact of immigration from Venezuela.
The executive of the Antilles territory, located about 50 kilometers from the northwest coast of Venezuela, has asked for help from the Netherlands to improve the work of searching the sea of immigrants and the settlement of the citizens who come from the South American country .
Curaçao, according to the petition, wants to work with the Netherlands to prevent the health risks of migrants arriving by sea to the territory, whose area does not reach 500 square kilometers.
The government of Curaçao has assured that the island is suffering more and more from the negative consequences of the crisis in the South American country.
The increase in trafficking in human beings, drug trafficking and the arms trade are growing problems associated with the arrival of Venezuelan immigrants, according to Curaçao's executive.
After a first request for support last year, the Netherlands has already contributed financially to € 132,000 to improve the detention capacity of undocumented immigrants.
However, the Curaçao government is asking for more support, given that there are between 4,000 and 6,000 Venezuelans who remain in this small area of the Antilles, which has a population of almost 150,000.
Last September Amnesty International criticized in a report the expulsion strategy that Curaçao applies to Venezuelan immigrants, while asking that territory to support those fleeing the serious crisis in the South American country.
During 2017, Curaçao has expelled 1,203 Venezuelans, while the exact figure for 2018 is not yet known.