A group of immigrants, the majority women and children, were relocated to Germany as part of the EU member states’ commitment to relocate a number of irregular immigrants from Malta.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Malta remains as the country most affected by irregular immigration when one compares the population and the size of the country. Relocation, it said, is one of the most effective measures to ease the burden on the country’s asylum system and also on the immigrants’ centres. Relocated immigrants will resume their asylum process in the country were they are relocated, which will determine if they are eligible for protection.
The Ministry said that, despite a decrease in the disembarcation of irregular migrants in Malta in recent months, the Government continued to work to increase the number of irregular migrants who are relocated or returned to their country of origin.