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Malta and 163 other countries sign Global Pact for Ordered and Regulated Immigration

Malta is among 164 countries that have signed what is being termed as a Global Pact for Ordered and Regular Immigration. During the signing ceremony in Marrakech in Morocco it was said this pact will lead to the better management of immigration to catalyse an end to suffering and chaos. The United States, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary decided not to sign the pact; Italy and Switzerland are among those who have not adopted a final position on it.

Meanwhile a study by the Head of the Civil Law Department at Malta University, Dr David Edward Zammit said this shows the way in which the Maltese have looked at immigration and refugees throughout the years, influenced by directives and European Laws regarding implementation and different statuses created to categorise different sectors of immigrants.

Dr Zammit was awarded recognition for his study on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Malta has been speaking about and feeling the challenge of immigration in the Mediterranean over the last 15 years.

The implementation of European Directives by different Governments, as well as their application of the creation of different categories of immigrants, whether as having refugee status, or humanitarian status or other forms has influenced the Maltese in the way they regard immigrants among them.

This is maintained by Dr Zammit, who in a study explained how legal implementation lead to the creation of the idea and impression they are in need of help.

Dr Zammit said there is great resistance to the idea that genuine refugees really exist. The Maltese say all these make up stories to be able to benefit from Maltese charity. He maintained that in certain cases laws strengthened the perceptions about refugees and at the same time created a vicious circle.

He said some say they have held refugee status for ten years but this has not granted any rights except for the right to beg for charity. Dr Zammit further maintains there is a perception among many Maltese that these people are brazen-faced by asking for rights. He said the conclusion is logical.

“Perceptions exist in society bound to the legal system and institutions that have been developed so as these people could be catered for” said Dr Zammit.

Over recent days Dr Zammit was given great credit for human rights during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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