WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao gave shelter to 17,000 Venezuelans at the end of 2020. The same number is currently estimated in Aruba.
The figures are presented by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which relies on data from both governments.
Most of them live in hiding and are not known to the government. 2,380 people receive some form of help in Curaçao, in Aruba that applies to 2,495 Venezuelans.
The United Nations thinks that this year more Venezuelans will again be looking for food and medicine on one of the Caribbean islands. By December 2020, an estimated 196,000 Venezuelans had sought protection in the Caribbean. In addition to Aruba and Curaçao, mainly in the Dominican Republic, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. An estimated 20,000 will be added by the end of this year.