14,000 Venezuelans enter T&T so far this year amid economic crisis

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 20:00

This country has seen a significant increase in the number of Venezuelan nationals coming through its borders, as Venezuela goes through one of its worst ever economic crises, but most have gone back home.

Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert says 14,000 Venezuelans entered this country legally by land and sea between January 1st and May 10th.

He told today's post-Cabinet media conference that he had requested the figures from National Security Minister Edmund Dillon.

But the Minister says there is no real cause for alarm, as preliminary figures show that of the 14,000 who entered this country, 13,957 returned to Venezuela, leaving on 43 who have overstayed their legally permitted 90-day time-period.

Minister Imbert says he has requested that the authorities double-check that figure, which he believes is somewhat of a low.

He says it appears that most of the people who came here, were on a mission to purchase foodstuff and other supplies, given the shortages Venezuela currently experiences.

Others are believed to have come to use the Cambios to purchase US currency.

Minister Imbert says the 14,000 between January and May 10th, is a significant increase, given that 10 years ago, only 4,000 Venezuelans legally came here per year.

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