How to get asylum in Aruba?

You have the legal right to seek refuge. You must have concrete reasons to fear persecution in your native country in order to qualify for asylum. These reasons could be related to your race, religion, or nationality, for example. In addition, if you are in danger of significant harm in your native country, you may be eligible for international protection. If you leave your country solely for economic or personal reasons, you will not be regarded as a refugee or person in need of subsidiary protection, and you will not be granted asylum.

How to apply for asylum?

You can request asylum at the migration official at the border or any point of entry (e.g. airport) in Aruba by filling out a form in the preferred language. If you are already on the island, you can schedule an appointment with the Department of Integration and Management and Admission of Foreigners to apply for asylum.

Asylum applications are free of charge. You should not be charged or asked to pay anything in connection with your asylum application. If you are asked to make a payment at any point during the procedure, please notify UNHCR.

The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is a humanitarian organization established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950. UNHCR collaborates with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and civil society to promote and preserve refugee rights, particularly for individuals with special needs.

Address: Dabaruidastraat 11, Ponton, Aruba

Helpline number: +297-732-0006, Operational hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 12 pm (you can contact UNHCR on WhatsApp as well).

Email address: aruor@unhcr.org

HIAS Aruba is a UNHCR implementing partner for humanitarian assistance in Aruba. The humanitarian assistance program supports the most vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants by providing referrals to counseling; medical support, assistance in school registration, and cash-based initiatives. The approval of assistance is subject to both socio-economic and risk evaluation, which are conducted at the HIAS Aruba office.

Assistance by appointment only.

For emergencies and arranging appointments, please call our hotline +297-730-7770 (Active between 8:30 – 17:00).

Address: Dabaruidastraat 11, Ponton, Aruba

Please refer to the UNHCR site for more info.

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