THE HAGUE/ORANJESTAD–Aruba will receive some twelve million Aruban florins to help the country cope with the local effects of the crisis in Venezuela and the associated flow of immigrants.
Aruba Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes announced this on Friday. She explained that the Dutch government had confirmed in May that it is willing to assist Curaçao and Aruba with 23.8 million euros, which is about 55 million Aruban florins. A part of this money will be spent directly by the Netherlands for assistance on behalf of the two islands.
Curaçao and Aruba were asked to submit a list of plans and projects to the Dutch government. Aruba has done so, and the country is about to receive 12 million florins to execute the plans and projects, said Wever-Croes.
The 12 million florins will be used to fortify the Aruba economy so it can better deal with the effects the Venezuela crisis has on the country. A large part of the money from The Hague will be to increase the border control, explained the Prime Minister.
Control of the maritime and land borders will become stricter to prevent the import of illegal substances and weapons, and to tackle illegal immigration, human-smuggling and human-trafficking from Venezuela.
Also, the Dutch funds will be used to increase the detention capacity to hold undocumented persons from Venezuela until they can be sent back to their country. This is an important aspect, according to the Prime Minister, considering the illegal influx of Venezuelans which has been on the rise.
Part of the funds will also be used to invest in education and the social fabric, both of which are under strain in Aruba due to the influx of Venezuelans. The funds will not be available to benefit those persons from Venezuela who come to Aruba to request asylum. The funds are meant to strengthen Aruba as a country so it can better deal with the adverse effects of the Venezuela crisis, Wever-Croes noted.
“I am very content and satisfied that we have arrived at a point where Aruba can receive these funds. Many departments have worked hard to make this happen. Even though this doesn’t cover all expenditures to deal with the crisis, we are grateful to the Dutch government for this assistance. It is a very nice gesture that we appreciate very much because the funds are direly needed,” she stated in a press release.
The Prime Minister reassured that the Aruba government will keep investing in the security of its citizens. She specifically mentioned the new police helicopter and the radar system which will be installed shortly to better guard the Aruba coast.
Bron: Daily Herald