In order to incorporate the services currently provided the IASA into a new organization called “Immigration Aruba” it was required to have the ‘Establishment decision’ and ‘formation plan’ in place.
For a vast support, the Minister met since 2018 with the Union representatives of TOPA, SEPPA and SPA including the HR Department of the Government DRH. In the months of February and March 2021, the parties reached a consensus. The importance of this milestone is that from now on, the legal position and labor perspective of the employees is better structured. Besides, the tasks of the organization have been formulated better in relations with the challenges encountered at the border due to the situation in the world and in the region. This provides a real perspective for many employees who have seen their promotion being held back for many years. Some have been waiting for their promotion since 2013 without actually receiving it. With the new organization, promotions will be structured and handled properly.
They are the first and last faces that are seen by over 1 million visitors yearly, as they check thousands of guests arriving and departing daily at the border either at the port of call or at the airport.
The history of Migration Aruba
From 1969 to 1986 Migration resorted under the Police Department Netherlands Antilles, but together with the Status Aparte in 1986, it transferred to the Police Department of Aruba. On September 1 2002, the department was placed completely under the Immigration and Naturalization Service Aruba (DINA) but was split again in 2006 and DINA became DIMAS and Migration Aruba became IASA. From 2006 to 2009, IASA was self-reliant, had its own management, Migration, Guarda Nos Costa and Radar. In September 2009 the management of the radar was taken away from the IASA, but they kept Guarda Nos Costa and Migration. In 2011, the personnel of the Guarda Nos Costa requested to be re-established under the Police Department which left only Migration resorting under the IASA. In 2018, the personnel once more decided they wanted to resort under the IASA and efforts were made to re-establish the Guarda Nos Costa under the IASA. In 2019 however, the personnel of the Guarda Nos Costa deemed it more effective to become an autonomous department. Now, they finally succeeded in establishing the Immigration Aruba. This will re-enforce the border protection and provide a better work environment and labor perspective for the immigration personnel.