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Situational Report - Aruba & Curaçao (Jan 2020)

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• Venezuelans continue to seek safety in Aruba and Curaçao as a result of the worsening political, socio-economic and human rights situation in Venezuela. Refugees and migrants from Venezuela keep risking dangerous boat journeys to reach both islands, exposing them to death-at-sea risks, smuggling and human trafficking as well as detention and deportation.

• Parliamentarians from Aruba, Curaçao and the Netherlands discussed the situation of Venezuelans on the Dutch Caribbean islands during the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO) that was convened in Curaçao on 7 and 8 January. An R4V Platform representative held a pre-session briefing for the Parliamentarians to discuss issues related to the Venezuelan situation, including detention conditions, collective deportations, and the role of the UN and local NGOs in providing assistance.