THE HAGUE – Member of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman (VVD) is not satisfied with the answer of Undersecretary Raymond Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations that the number of Venezuelans who are staying illegally on Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao is unknown to him. In a new series of written questions he confronts the undersecretary with figures from the UN refugee organization UNHCR. It reports 20,000 on Aruba and 5,000 on Curaçao.
Bosman wants to know from Knops whether he has asked the UNHCR how this estimate has been made and whether he is prepared to take actions. The immediate reason to ask questions again is the controversial interview with the Aruban prime minister Evelyn Wever-Croes in the NRC in which she expressed the fear that Aruba would become a ‘second Syria’ and expect a ‘massive influx’ of boat migrants.
“Do you know whether, in view of the commotion surrounding this interview, she really made the statements in question? If so, how do you rate it? Do you also recognize the image outlined in the article that Aruba is struggling with an increase in weapons and crime following the influx of Venezuelans?” Wever-Croes herself stated that she was not correctly quoted by the Dutch newspaper the NRC.
Bosman is also concerned about the fact that Curaçao has not yet paid its contribution to the Coast Guard. He calls that ‘inappropriate’.