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Illegal Migration and The Maltese Islands

by mmblxbx on 20/03/10 at 4:15 pm

People have migrated from one place to another from ancient times. Illegal immigrant is a world wide problem that many countries have to face. This problems is a nagging toothache for countries like Italy and Malta.

People have migrated from one place to another from ancient times.  Illegal immigrant is a world wide problem that many countries have to face.  This problems is a nagging toothache for countries like  Italy and Malta.

Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, is facing an influx of North African illegal immigrants seeking a better life.

Illegal immigrants arriving with all sorts of boats during summer months, is a daily occurrence.  Malta, an EU member, who does not have natural resources, has to shoulder this problem on its’ own.  Despite several promises by other EU members, support never materialised.

What makes North African and other people migrate to Europe?. Somalis, Eritreans and Ethiopians are genuine refugees who have all been inflicted with civil wars for several years.  Their dream is to build a family and earn their living in prosperity.   As soon as they arrive in Malta, their plea for refugee status is accepted. They are placed in a detention centre, where they have to stay there for a period up to one year until their application is approved or not.  The stay on the island varies from a few months up to a year if not more. Most of the refugees’ dreams to migrate to a big country like Italy or another Mediterranean country.  Some have been granted visa’s to Canada and America.

To add matters worse economic migrants from Libya, Marocco, Tunisia and other countries join these refugees on boats coming from Libya. Once they are on their journey to Malta or Italy, they threw away all identification documents in the sea. This makes life more difficult for local authorities to distinguish between genuine refugees and economic migrants. The latter  are sent back to their country on the next plane.

Italy and Malta often accuse Libya that it is not doing enough to stop illegal migration to Europe. It does not seem that Colonel Ghaddafi has the least intention to stop this situation.  To be fair on Libya, this country is already facing its share of the problem. Libya is flooded with immigrants coming from all African places.

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kyle kelly

Apr 2nd, 2010

i got an idea why don`t we find something for these people to do in their home countries, then they won`t have to make dangerous trips to find work

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