ABC-islands not fond of European Dutch

POSTED: 03/4/16 1:12 PM

LEIDEN – European Dutch and foreigners are not always that welcome in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. This appears from new data presented by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean studies (KITLV), John Samson reports on Caribisch Netwerk.

The researchers asked inhabitants of the Caribbean parts of the kingdom their opinion about the presence of immigrants and tourists. In Curacao, 54 percent says that there are too many European Dutch living on the island and in Aruba that percentage is 42 percent. In Bonaire the sentiment is the most negative: 73 percent. According to KITLV, this has mainly to do with the new constitutional structure that came into being on 10-10-10.

When it is specifically about Dutch tourists, the islanders are not that positive either. In Bonaire and Curacao, 45 percent says that there are too many tourists arriving from the Netherlands. According to lead researcher Wouter Veenendaal there are a remarkable number of complaints about the way Dutch tourists behave on the islands. In Aruba on the other hand, 58 percent is positive about the Dutch tourists that come to the island.

The researchers also asked the inhabitants whether they think that there are too many foreigners living on their island. In Aruba, 95 percent agrees with this. Bonaire (80 percent) and Curacao (83 percent) also appear to have problems with the presence of foreigners.

The worldwide resistance against migrant and the tensions that came into being around 10-10-10 have been taken into consideration. The researchers had not expected that the numbers would be so high. They are in the process of further analyzing the results of their survey.

The researchers found that the resistance against European Dutch is much more moderate in Saba and Statia. “We do see resistance however against other foreigners, like migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic,” Veenendaal says.

There are no data about St. Maarten because local interviewers forged their surveys by reporting a 100 percent return – a statistical impossibility.

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