Increased security measures after immigrant protests at Safi Detention Centre
Following immigrant protests at the Safi Detention Centre demonstrating for their freedom, the Minister for Internal Affairs Michael Farrugia, said that security measures have been taken while measures are also being taken to improve the centres that host the immigrants once released from detention.
Minister Farrugia said the Government is obliged, among other matters, to provide accommodation for immigrants that have a right to asylum. He said that unlike other countries, Malta offers them the opportunity of employment. Other measures being planned is an agreement with Church authorities to provide more locations to accommodate immigrants under open centre conditions.
To criticism of delays in the release of immigrants from centres, Minister Farrugia said this is due to medical examinations to ensure these are effective.
The Minister said that later this month a summit is to be held between Internal Ministers from Malta, Italy, Germany and France so that together they will forward proposals to the EU Council regarding the landing of immigrants and their automation relocation. He said Malta will suggest the number of immigrants that may be retained.