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Irregular migration: Malta insists on tangible solidarity from EU

 - Friday, 07 June 2013, 19:22

The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Emmanuel Mallia, attended a meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council. The meeting discussed several issues of importance to Malta, including the establishment of a Common European Asylum System and Schengen governance.

Home Affairs Ministers discussed the establishment of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS), where the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union briefed Member States on the final steps being taken to complete the legislative framework. The scope of the CEAS is to further harmonise national asylum legislation through five legislative instruments.

Speaking during the meeting, Minister Mallia stated that while the imminent conclusion of the CEAS package is an achievement for the EU, it must now focus on increasing tangible solidarity among Member States in light of the fact that some, such as Malta, face disproportionate pressures due to high numbers of asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection.

Minister Mallia added that this situation cannot be adequately tackled through ‘harmonised’ legislation alone. Pointing out that the CEAS can only be a success if it properly addresses the realities on the ground, Minister Mallia emphasised that fair responsibility-sharing must be at the very heart of the common system.

During the meeting, Ministers were also informed about the state of play on two legislative proposals making up the Schengen Governance package, namely a draft Regulation establishing a mechanism to verify the correct application of the Schengen acquis by Member States and an amendment to the Schengen Borders Code. The Council and the European Parliament have reached an agreement on this package and it is expected that it will be adopted by Parliament in July and by Council in the Autumn.

Amongst other issues which were discussed by Ministers was the civil war in Syria. In particular, Member States discussed what the EU can do to continue to bolster its humanitarian assistance. Ministers also held a discussion on the threats posed by European foreign fighters in countries such as Syria - particularly upon return to the EU.

 Minister Mallia was accompanied at the Council meeting by the Permanent Representative of Malta to the EU, Ambassador Marlene Bonnici.

 

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Tony Camilleri says:
09 June 2013 09:29

maris cassar, wrong about the EU giving us much more and the balance is in our favour. We have been givign it an average of 66 million euros every year. According to Open Europe it is costing us some 70 million euros every year just to implement its regulations. We have lost the Italian Protocol, the cheap oil from Libya, we have been invaded by thousands of foreign workers who are undermining the Maltese workers by accepting lower wages and working conditions, we have been invaded by illegal immigrants whom we cannot allow to keep going on to other EU members, it has destroyed many of our factories and industries, etc etc.

NO maria cassar, the EU has been a curse upon Malta perpetrated by its elite and supported by those who betrayed us and Malta by making us members through treachery, false promises and threats and also by those who still want to keep us members.

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Tony Camilleri says:
09 June 2013 09:23

maria cassar, yes, the EU is to blame for all our illegal immigrants trouble. We have been inundated by illegal immigrants since we joined the EU and we cannot allow them to continue on their way to other EU members because of its Dublin II convention which was forced upon us.

Regarding global legislation, you do not know what you are saying. Dr Gorg Borg Olivier had made reservations to the Refugee Convention which the EU forced EFA to repeal or it wouldn't hava accepted us as members, because they knew that we will be its frontier for illegal immigrants and their Dublin II Convention would force us to keep them here.

The Government must reintroduce the reservations that Dr Borg Olivier had made to the Refugee Convention and perhaps also denounce it because apart from being abused left right and centre it is destroying the Maltese society fabric and to hell with what the EU says.

So you see maria. It is the EU that is to blame for all our illegal immigrants trouble.

The government must also send all illegal immigrants back. We cannot allow them to remain in Malta  when we do not have enough space for ourselves and our own children apart from not knowing anything about them because they destroy all their papers.

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Joseph Gaffarena says:
08 June 2013 17:29

talk talk talk,and we are still with the largest illegals.
This summer we will see the new AFM, boats and planes searching to bring in these illegals.
Something have to be done we are all fed up seeing them in bars,or licking the sun, and well dressed,and giving nothing to the community.

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John Azzopardi says:
08 June 2013 15:08

Haven't we been here before.  Talk is cheap and no one will listen to little Malta. Malta must establish it's own policy of returning illegal migrants to their place of origin. period. 

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Alonso D'Amato says:
08 June 2013 11:28

Nothing will be done about it because your beloved Europe is only interested in empty talk. The United States took more immigrants from Malta then the other 26 EU members did.

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maria cassar says:
07 June 2013 19:46

Talk is cheap.  It seems notwithstanding Labour's rattling before the election, Mallia will be returning to Malta empty handed while more illegal immigrants will make their way to our shores once this wind subsides. What will Labour do about it?

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maria cassar says:
08 June 2013 18:26

'My beloved Europe' hasnt got much to do about it.  Do you honestly think that illegal immigration would not have existed had Malta not joined the EU? Malta would have still been tied up with immigration global legislation. The fact that the US has taken more of them then the EU is very true and to be commended and hopefully imitated by other countries.  But in all honesty, who really wants them?  Had we not been in the EU what would/could we have done differently? Go on, am all ears for your reply.  The bottom line is that Malta joining the EU has given our country much, much more and the balance, any balance, is well in favour of us.

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