Charter to strengthen integration with the participation of local councils
A year after the launching of the national strategy on integration, the Equality Ministry launched a charter for the strengthening of integration through partnership, among others, with Local Councils.
Presenting the charter at a conference on integration, Minister Helena Dalli stated that the charter further strengthens the achievements in the sector including the measures to improve access for public services and also the drive for Maltese language learning and cultural orientation.
At the conference organised by the directorate for rights and integration, an overview was presented on measures taken specifically for foreigners to learn the Maltese language. Mr Alex Tortell, head of a unit established within the directorate to work in favour of integration, said that the strategy needs to be implemented with the cooperation, among others, of all the ministries and even the local councils.
“Today we launched the local integration charter, an effort with the local councils and their association to push forward integration at a local level and start an intra-ministerial plan for integration. This involves that all the ministries will implement friendly integration measures so that their foreign clients may access their services regularly”, Mr Tortell said.
Another measure, he added, is a dialogue between Maltese and foreigners to better understand each other on tensions that arise. He stated that many foreign residents are showing a will to adapt themselves for the Maltese culture, including in learning the Maltese language.
Equality Minister Helena Dalli stated that the directorate has recruited the first group of integration officers, adding that the Integration Unit is proposing over 50 measures in different ministries in the sectors of education, health and employment. She said that a number of local councils have already signed the charter so that, together with the directorate, a national policy on integration will be implemented. Dr Dalli stated that in this way Malta will also implement its obligations in relation to fundamental human rights.