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Serbian community in Malta working to dispel prejudice

The Serbian community in Malta is doing all it can to dispel the growing prejudice against Serbs after some people of Serbian nationality were involved in crimes recently. In an interview with tvm.com.mt, the President of the Serbian community in Malta said that they would continue to be active in promoting integration so that the benefits of a multi-cultural society will be felt by Maltese society.

The latest criminal cases in which Serbian citizens were involved were not only of grave concern for the Maltese, but also for the other Serbs who live in Malta. Dr Predrag Andrejavic, who has been living in Malta for the last 26 sena, said that this criminal behaviour was not acceptable and was marring the reputation of all the Serbs, many of whom are professionals.

“Now we face what I say is economical immigrants. Mostly very young people in early 20’s who probably think, behave differently. Now with people who lived longer here there will be interaction with this younger people and learn that what they used to do somewhere else is not acceptable here.”

Dr Andrejavic, who is a surgeon, said that up to seven years ago, the number of Serbs in Malta was much smaller than it is now.

“We were about what we think about a few hundreds living in Malta mostly married or long time employed here… How many Serbians today are living in Malta? That is a question we would like to know. With official sources we got information that the Serbs who are ex-patriots, excluding those who have changed citizenship or required citizenship and with work permits, are about 1,300. But in reality the number is much larger.”

From information obtained by TVM from the Police force last year, the Police arrested 14 Serbs from Qawra, St Paul’s Bay and Bugibba on charges of drunken behaviour, breach of public peace, threats, being in possession of pointed weapons, loud music, harassment, not obeying Police orders as well as of causing injuries to third parties.

In the first four months of this year, a number of Serbs were arraigned in Court charged with serious crimes. These including the Serb who is accused of smashing a glass into the face of a bar man at the beginning of this month in Qawra and the Serbian woman charged with killing two elderly men in Bugibba, while the search is still on for a number of Serbs who at the beginning of the year were involved in a a fight on the streets of Bugibba using baseball bats.

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