A good article published just 2 days ago on Venezuela. http://www.theatlantic.com/internati...-apart/481755/
Venezuela has the largest oil reserves on the planet. 95% of their income is from oil. With sharply declining oil prices, income for the Venezuelan economy has dried up.
IMO, Venezuela is rather a dictatorship. The political leaders work close with the Military. If someone makes the slightest remark, they will end up in prison or worse! There is no freedom of speech. There is no freedom! But lots of corruption which led to the downfall as well. During one of my visits to Aruba I had the chance to meet a journalist from Venezuela who gave some insights about the political situation. There is lots of violent crime as well.
While I feel for the people of Venezuela, I am glad Aruba is tightening their security to prevent illegals into their country. As we see here in the states (at least here in Texas) illegal immigration puts a strain on the economy. The crime that the Venezuelan refugees bring to the island hurts the tourism and overall economy of our beloved island. I realize that I am painting with a broad brush here, but my husband and I have talked to MANY locals over the years while visiting and they have all said the same thing to us: the sole illegal immigration from the country of Venezuela has caused them NOTHING but increased crime rates and other problems. While I am all for the citizens of Venezuela getting over legally (we have met a few of those, too in Aruba) I do think preventing the illegals is 100% necessary.
I've heard for years, since the time we were visiting Aruba in the 90s, that Venezuela is not someplace we'd want to visit. Sounds like now it is even worse. What a sad way of life for the citizens of that country. The articles I've read seem to forecast more problems, not a solution nor "light at the end of the tunnel" that things will turn around. I doubt the governing individuals have to worry about or wonder where they will get more food or clean water or whether they will have toilet paper when they need it.
Venezuela itself is a beautiful country and has has so much to offer. Her people could have a good life, IMO. So sad that the political situation is difficult for decades, lots of corruption and lots of violent crime.
To read through this info, it's shocking and devastating. It just gives an insight how dangerous it is.
Venezuela Travel Warning
Yep, not a safe place to be for anyone by the sounds of it. Even the worst off in America have it good in comparison.