Two groups of migrants have been relocated to Germany and France in the past days, as a result of an agreement between the European Commission and a number of European Union countries.
The migrants relocated to Germany are all the ones in the group brought over by the Armed Forces from the Ocean Viking vessel. The migrants had been taken off this vessel on 23 August after spending 13 days at sea. Malta had intervened without any prejudice to its legal position until an agreement was then reached on relocating the migrants on board to different countries.
The second group of migrants relocated to France also came from the ‘Ocean Viking’ together with another vessel, the Alan Kurdi ‘Sea Eye’, and were rescued on 10 September. These migrants had also been left on the ‘Sea Eye’, until Malta had offered to be part of a European solution to solve the issue.
The migrants were assisted by the local authorities, by the International Migration Organisation and by officials from the different embassies.