The Ministry of National Security is clarifying their stance on Asylum Seekers from Venezuela. In a media release today, the Ministry advised that following revelations by the Chief Immigration Officer at a Joint Select Committee of Parliament on April 6th, that 89 Venezuelan nationals were detained for various offences at the Immigration Detention Centre, officials from the Venezuelan Embassy visited the nationals detained at the IDC on Friday April 13th to ascertain their well-being and identify their needs for repatriation.

It continues to explain that the Venezuelan Ambassador, Coromoto Godoy Calderon, stated that her fellow citizens expressed a desire to return to Venezuela and she had assured them that the Government of Venezuela would do everything possible to assist them in returning home. Minister of National Security, Edmund Dillon also gave the assurance that his Ministry would work with the Embassy to facilitate the repatriation.

The Ministry says that on Friday, at the request of the Venezuelan Embassy, the Immigration Division facilitated all Venezuelan nationals in detention who agreed to go to their Embassy to obtain travel documents to return to Venezuela. It says that none of the nationals expressed fear or objection to be taken to the Embassy. The detainees were informed by the Venezuelan officials that a plane would be sent from Venezuela to take them home on Saturday.

According to the Ministry, each person was asked multiple times if they had any fear or objection to returning to their homeland - all stated that they wanted to leave. Each signed the necessary documents for their departure before being handed their travel document by Immigration Officers and having their personal property checked by Customs officials.

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