Migration between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago is not a recent phenomenon. We have seen the influence of this migration in certain aspects of our culture without having to name them. However, recently the discussion has shifted now labeling Venezuelan migrants as refugees and questions are raised as to the legal obligations of Trinidad and Tobago in aiding those who seek asylum. So what’s the answer?
Due to Trinidad and Tobago’s proximity to the crisis-stricken nation, we have experienced a significant amount of legal and illegal immigration of Venezuelans that are fleeing the exponentially deteriorating way of life in their native land. The mass migration of Venezuelans has now shown that they are one of the single largest population groups displaced from their home.