Advocacy for Trinidad and Tobago

What’s Happening?

Trinidad and Tobago hosts tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have fled political and economic crises at home. Venezuelans on the island are not protected by any domestic refugee legislation and are subject to criminal penalties as a result. This means that Venezuelans live under the constant threat of detention and deportation without the ability to work legally or access education.

What Must Be Done?

Refugees International has pressed for better refugee policies on the twin-island nation. Refugees International’s advocacy, in coalition with others, ultimately led the government of Trinidad and Tobago to create a new policy that allowed more than 16,500 Venezuelans to temporarily regularize their status and access legal employment.


Forced into Illegality: Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in Trinidad and Tobago


Trinidad & Tobago: Return of Deported Children Gives Government Second Chance to Do the Right Thing


Refugees International Concerned about Reported U.S. Deportations of Venezuelans via Trinidad and Tobago


Refugees International Urges Trinidad and Tobago to Extend the Venezuelan Registration Process


The Free Press: A Powerful, Vital Ally for Refugee Advocates


Improving Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago’s Responses to Venezuela’s Migration Crisis


Refugees Deeply: False Paradise: Caribbean Island-Nations Must Respect Venezuelans’ Rights

Advocacy Letter

17 Groups Urge Trinidad & Tobago’s Prime Minister to Uphold the Rights of Children and Asylum Seekers

Advocacy Letter

Trinidad and Tobago: 25 Groups Call for End to Refoulement and to Re-Open Registration for Venezuelans

Advocacy Letter

RI Welcomes Commitment to Register Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago: Urges Generous Implementation of New Policy Proposal


Meet Carlos González, a Venezuelan Journalist, Father, and Refugee in Trinidad and Tobago.

Featured Image: a Venezuelan asylum seeker who was arrested for “illegal entry“ and spent time in Trinidad and Tobago’s Immigration Detention Center and Maximum Security Prison. © Refugees International