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 - Friday, 05 July 2013, 11:46
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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this morning insisted that he will “definitely consider” using the veto to push the European Union into helping Malta deal with its irregular migration problem.

Answering questions by journalists during his visit to the MFSA offices, Dr Muscat said that he will use all the possible tools to obtain EU assistance on the matter.

The EU found mechanisms with which to help countries face their financial problems; it could therefore act in the same way to help Malta tackle the immigration problem it is facing.

In reply to remarks made by Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom that the migration numbers Malta is facing are not extraordinary, Dr Muscat said: “If she thinks the figures are not alarming, she can propose the Swedish government to take migrants”.  

Asked by The Malta Independent whether the EU may think such statements are too harsh and consequently sideline Malta, Dr Muscat said Malta has been sidelined and the statements being made are to get the EU’s attention that there is a problem. This is an early warning because we will soon arrive at a stage where we wouldn’t be able to take more.

Dr Muscat highlighted Malta is discussing ideas with European Council president Herman Van Rompuy. So far, there has only been a pilot project that was suspended: This is definitely not enough he believes.

Libya needs to be assisted more to combat migration from the south and from Syria.

With regard to considering push backs, he noted that decisions will be taken in the best interests of our islands.

“If push backs are necessary, they will be used,” he stated. “The island cannot be taken for granted: We have a problem”.

Discussing the latest arrival of 300 migrants, in particular circumstances since according to reports, these had fled a Libya prison and had been shot at, Dr Muscat said Malta acted in a humanitarian way as the sinking boat included people who were injured, children and pregnant women. Malta would definitely not have left them to drown. 

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Anthony Busuttil says:
07 July 2013 22:07

Thank God a prime minister that makes sense.

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C Spiteri says:
11 July 2013 22:08

Read Dr Muscats comments to-day 11th July.  "Kemm hu gwejjed illum".  He was joking he said.

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JJ Micallef says:
07 July 2013 12:28

I must believe that the Jesuits are pretty happy with their "rotten" apple!

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Matthew Micallef says:
07 July 2013 00:31

wow... i see that the tides seem to have now turned BACK!! lol lol  no more public visits of the illegals & handouts to look pretty on newspapers.. lol lol
Sending these back or any others will not stop them from coming back, if they are so desperate to cross the seas with such perils they will still be coming..
The only way out i see if Europe does not want to get its head out the sand & help is to smack these people with a Maltese passport on their landing on our shores, & then they can & WILL move further up!!!  We will have solved OUR problem (they have no wish to remain here), would not have re-sent them to sure death & stuck it up to the rest of SNOBBY Europe!   PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!

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John Azzopardi says:
06 July 2013 20:19

Malta must have a zero tolerance policy.save peole lives yes, but send them back as oon as you bring them to shore. As forSweden  and Malstrom, we do not need them to dictate to us what is good for us.

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runkar runar says:
06 July 2013 19:20

Hello Mattezer, well spoken of your Prime Minister regarding Swedish whore komentar You can have her and do what you want with her. The majority of the Swedish people think just like you do, but our government do something else. Just apologize and regret our government statements. Hopefully we will remove the worst at the next election.


Grettings from Sweden

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gambantein odal says:
06 July 2013 17:31

I understand the PM's views but be Swedes can't take anymore of those MENA peoples. We have had enough! What the PM should focus on is to get that extremsit bitch Malmström fired from her position. The thing here is that when you have sent all the immigrants Malta will fill up with more on and on and on. What the EU needs is to get rid of those extremist "humanitarians" (middle aged libera/left women) like Malmström, close the EU borders towars Africa and the Middle East and start repatriating people to their home countries.

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Stefan Månsson says:
06 July 2013 09:34

Greetings from Sweden! Unfortunately we have had the largest influx of "refugees" in Europa. The government had decided to let the borders look lika turnstiles and now it´s affecting the society in a shocking way..
That goes for ordinary people who can see the result in skyrocketing crimerate, lack of housing, rising unemployment and a growing alienation. This country has became a bananahhhh
Today no asylum seeker must comply with a negative descision from the authorities, they just go under cover and become "hidden refugees"
There was recently an political decision wich stated that a illegal immigrant still have  the same benefits of an ordinarty citizen. For free!. They are entitled to free health care and free schooling for their kids without having to show any documents. The political correctness is overwhelming the country. Its said the immigration is a winning ticket and if its true, noone can argue with the fact that even the poorest countries must have these "entrpreneurs"skills to build up the less fortunateountries.

"They have built Sweden" the politicians said. Now it´s time for thousands of these "engineers" and doctors and rocket.scientist to go to countries like Congo and underdeveloped countries in Africa.
The will undoubtly get a boom in economy, culture and newbuilding..

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Peter Lundgren says:
06 July 2013 01:56

I'm from Sweden. 
Ordinary people in Sweden are ashamed of Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom....
We´re sorry for the absolute stupidity that she stands for and wish, just as You do, for less immigrants in the future.

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James Grima says:
07 July 2013 11:00

I can safely say we share the same feelings towards Cecilia Malmstrom.

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alf olsson says:
06 July 2013 00:04

Please keep the immigrants on Malta and you are welcome to take Cecilia Malmstrom  as well.

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Michael Walter says:
05 July 2013 20:28

The majority of these migrants are muslims.I'm sure their petrodollar rich brothers in Saudi,The Emirates,Brunei,would be only too pleased to accomodate them.
We in Europe are in the midst of a financial crisis,millions are out of work,many are on the border of poverty(food banks in the UK!)Apart from those on the eu 'gravy train'we neither want nor need or can afford this burden.

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Joseph Gaffarena says:
05 July 2013 17:18

If our Primeminister will get rid of all these illegals ,he will bring more votes in the coming election.The ex minister once said that we can easily take more refugees,and the PN, leader is in favour in coming more refugees in our island.

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Paul Attard says:
05 July 2013 17:14

Yes; this issue has surely become a national problem, with illegal people arriving here in their hundreds. I am absolutely sure that the big majority of honest citizens are now very worried, and it will soon result in a point of no return. That is why I suggest a national referendum is held soon. That's what we did on the divorce issue, which is now settled.

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Caramel Camel says:
05 July 2013 22:56

How can you possibly refer to these unfortunate people as "illegal people"  ?

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Paul Attard says:
06 July 2013 09:17

Because they entered here without any prior authorization, like someone who jumps the wall into your private property, and pretends he stays there in your back yard!

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gambantein odal says:
06 July 2013 17:34

They are not and should never be our problem. The enter our countries without permission and thus break our migration laws i.e. illegals. These people should be returned to the country they came from immidiately without any possibility to seek for asylum and a life ban to visit.

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James Grima says:
07 July 2013 10:58

I'm afraid you don't understand the asylum process correctly. Any person who seeks refuge from his home country, should do so in the FIRST safe country they pass through. Somalia & Eritrea, which are the two most common countries we receive immigrants from, are not in any way close to our border. Hence, anyone with a clear mindset can deduce that most of these illegal immigrants are actually economic migrants, who understand the European welfare system more than you and I do, and are only here to reap such benefits. Why do you think that their destination is Sweden/Norway/UK & other Northern European territories?

That is why they are illegal.

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Jessica Spagnol says:
07 July 2013 12:05

because they are....!

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Edward Cassar says:
07 July 2013 12:49

Because they are illegal. ,are you one of those dreamer that you think we will get manna from heaven. Grow up man.Can I go to Africa with out a passport.It is the white people of Africa are suffering as they  their lands.are being taken away.Mandela the peace maker was filmed singing kill the white people.

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charles debono says:
05 July 2013 16:31

Shame on you Simon Busuttil

Once again the PN leadership has shown were its true interest lies. But it shouldn’t be a surprise after all it was its European lackey Lawrence Gonzi who got us in this situation. I among others sounded the alarm bells when just a few immigrants used to make it to our shores but they called us racists.

The real racists are the likes of Simon Busuttil who in order to please their European masters discriminate the Maltese citizen by turning him into a second class citizen in his own country.
Simon Busuttil who for years enjoyed an MEP seat at the expense of the Maltese citizen could only manage nice speeches on burden sharing lest he offended Europe.

I ask you Dr. Busuttil has your speeches ever provided an iota of burden sharing from Europe? Look around you go to the Marsa roundabout in the morning and open your eyes. Grow some balls and for once stand up and be counted alongside the true Maltese.

I applaud Dr. Muscat for his stand and I assure him that the true Maltese will rally behind him in whatever action he deems fit to halt Malta’s erosion into oblivion.


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joseph scicluna says:
06 July 2013 00:20

You have to be a  lackey , as you are debono to recognize another lackey.

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Ramon Garcia says:
06 July 2013 06:49

Your reply is reminiscent of the wild west. But I`m sure you are exactly the type of voter Joseph is playing up to. Expect an appointment to a meaningless and useless committee or board coming your way soon.....congratulations!

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Antoine Vella says:
05 July 2013 15:59

If Sweden really wanted to help Malta, they should take Joseph Muscat and leave the immigrants here.

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Richard Caruana says:
05 July 2013 20:01

Made my day Antoine!

Dount they'd find anything to do with him in Sweden, though.

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Eddy Priviteera says:
05 July 2013 22:09

Antoine: You're going to be stuck with Dr. Muscat as prime minister of our dear country probably for the rest of your life. So better get used to it !

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Louise Liendeborg says:
06 July 2013 13:05

deal !

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Saviour Marquette says:
10 July 2013 05:20

Antoine you crawled out again?

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Eddy Priviteera says:
05 July 2013 15:44

DYNASTYPN COMMENTATORS REMIND ME OF WHAT THE PN ALSO DID WHEN GADDAFI SENT GUNBOATS TO STOP MALTA DRILLING FOR OIL WHEN MINTOFF WAS PRIME MINISTER. THEN MINTOFF HAD SENT GADDAFI PACKING IN NO UNCERTAIN MANNER ! BUT THE PN. LED BY EDDIE FENECH ADAMI, HAD GONE TO LIBYA AND SIDED WITH GADDAFI  AGAINST MINTOFF AND MALTA !

THE STORY IS BEING REPEATED TODAY BY SIMON BUSUTTIL, & HIS LEADERSHIP DYNASTY, INCLUDING PN MEP METSOLA TRICCAS !

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Ramon Garcia says:
05 July 2013 21:02

Eddy when you write in caps, it either means you are hysterical or you think we can`t read.

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Eddy Priviteera says:
05 July 2013 22:11

Ramon: When I write in caps lock it means I am giving EMPHASIS to what I write ! Besides, it helps those whose eyesight is not that good.

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Michael Dimech says:
09 July 2013 14:12

You're assuming everyone is as old as you are then if you think their eyesight has hit the fan?

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Caramel Camel says:
05 July 2013 22:58

Eddy please spare us your happy memories of your idol Mintoff.

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Michael Dimech says:
09 July 2013 14:14

So you've forgotten that PN were the ones that had given help to the rebels in the dismantling of the late dictator?
Seriously, stop, and seek help. And calm down with the caps lock button.

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Victor Borg says:
05 July 2013 15:25

Oh how I just love it when Joseph's fans rip into my comments accusing me of all sorts of things. The problem is that we all need to understand that the problem of illegal immigration is here to stay. Joseph's threats and stamping of feet will get him nowhere. Yes he is being populist and is fast sounding like a racist. He should have spoken this way before the election when he went to visit the Imam and Manwel Mallia should have spoken in the same terms when he went to deliver fruit baskets to the illegal immigrants.

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Antoine Vella says:
05 July 2013 15:22

Yes Joseph, we have a problem: YOU.

Let's push back the racists.

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Lawrence Galea says:
05 July 2013 15:04

Dear Victor Borg, you remind me of Oliver Twist. Please Sir, can I have some more?

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godwin scerri says:
05 July 2013 17:12

ghax ma tihux xi 4 u trabijom id dar int biex turi li mintix razzist, paroli fil vojt ghandek imma fatti xejn.

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Lawrence Galea says:
05 July 2013 15:02

Support our Government against the EU stance on illegal immigration. This is a national issue which does not consider whether you are a PL, PN, AD supporter or does not support any political party. Go sign this petition and encourage your friends to do the same. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/314/182/985/

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Stefan Vella says:
05 July 2013 17:29

Judging by the plethora of racist unchristian comments posing unsuccessfully as 'in the national interest' while calling for common sense, I will welcome a radical change to our identity and culture.

As it stands now, I am ashamed to be called Maltese.

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R Bugeja says:
05 July 2013 13:57

I suggest that we praise JM not now but when something is TRULY done to remedy Malta's situation...as we say in Maltese:"Bejn il-kliem u l-fatti hemm bahar jikkumbatti"
Then we'll talk!

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Mario Delicata says:
05 July 2013 13:00

@ Victor Borg - have you  been living in Mars for the past few years ! This is not a political issue, this is a National issue, our identity and culture are being threatened, and all this influx of illegal immigrants are negatively affecting our economy and workforce. I thinks you should read for a diploma in common sense !

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R Bugeja says:
05 July 2013 13:55

Ok the intention is 'good' but not JM's style of language for sure.

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James Grima says:
07 July 2013 10:50

Mr. Bugeja

Yes, in modern times, such approach & language would be considered 'undiplomatic'. However, can the same not be said for the EU's approach with us when it comes to dealing on this issue? They have clearly used the 'our way or the highway' approach and JM is simply returning the favour if you may.

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simon tabone says:
05 July 2013 12:53

prosit joseph keep it up  don't let eu use us

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Anthony J. Borg says:
05 July 2013 12:48

While I partial agree with Joseph Muscat stance, one need to be very careful and diplomatic on the language used. I think that here one needs to be attentive and if one explains and invite an EU delegation to address such situation one will achieve more milestones rather than the type of language used.

Our young Prime Minister must be extra cautious, now he has the responsability as a Head of State  not anymore in the Opposition and such language may have serious repurcussions if it is not addresed properly.

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R Bugeja says:
05 July 2013 13:54

Spot on Anthony!

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p a says:
05 July 2013 12:40

Jiem miniex xi wiehed li naqbel mal politika tal pl pero zgur naqbel mieghu fuq din issue. Li qed jaghmel ghalija huwa fl-interess tal pajjiz u ghal darba nghidlu prosit. Il pajjiz mifna bit toqol li qed jghabbuna dawn il klandestini u bhal ma qal jm min irid ghandu l-liberta li jzommom hu.

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Carmel Camilleri says:
05 July 2013 14:58

The days of bullying are over. Joseph must be careful not to rock the boat by having back rush on our economy which is heavily depended on the European Market.Much bigger countries have been much prudent when dealing with their other cases.

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Geoffrey Borb says:
05 July 2013 12:33

What a schoolyard approach to diplomacy.

This is Mintoff all over again. And that's a BAD thing. Mintoff made outrageous rental demands to the British for our bases who upped and left in disgust. So he had to invent freedom day to turn it into a victory.

Now Muscat is going to do the same with the immigrants and ruin our relationship with the EU. In the short term it might simply cost us funds, in the medium term it may make our position in the EU untenable, especially if we throw vetoes around all the time. At that point it will make sense for us to leave  the EU and he will have achieved the aim he campaigned for, for so many years, i.e., keeping us out of the EU.

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James Grima says:
07 July 2013 10:47

Do please explain how effective the PN's approach on illegal immigration has been for the last 8 years or so...


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Saviour Marquette says:
10 July 2013 05:37

Geoffrey your comments are childish and no substance at all.

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Victor Borg says:
05 July 2013 12:01

What a ruddy amateur. What a ruddy kid. Does he think that by making such  silly proposals he is going to get any form of respect. But then what can one expect from someone who holds dear Dom as and idol? That Dom who always got his way by threatening and stamping his feet. JM should take  up a diploma course in diplomacy or just shut up.

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Vincent Williams says:
05 July 2013 12:21

@ Victor Borg

From your write up it is clear that you support the PN which for years as it is still.  Its policy was and still is that of foreign licker.  If according to your false argument J. Muscat is a ruddy amateur, a ruddy kid and so on.  Than the late British PM M. Thatcher was so.  And that she should had take up a diploma course in diplomacy or should have shut up.  When she stood up against the EU to obtain her rights for her country which she did.

Nationalists can't understand such policies.  Because Nationalists were and are not real Nationalists.  They are just foreign lickers.  No less and no more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Shaun Anthony Camilleri says:
05 July 2013 12:27

What is your solution keep saying please help us and each time they want money say oh that is no problem we'll borrow some more and get out tax payers to pay. What is your solution?

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Gorg Sciberras says:
05 July 2013 13:10

Completely agree. He won't get any sympathy by stamping his feet and using Super One style rhetoric with EU commissioners.

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Eddy Priviteera says:
05 July 2013 11:55

Simon Busuttil has proved himself an utter failure when it comes to national issues. This was a chance for him to prove that he puts Malta's interest FIRST and not his party's interest, as he had stated recently. In fact he has now proven that it's his party's interest and not Malta's that he has put on this matter. And GOT IT ALL WRONG, because thousands of his party's supporters are backing the prime minister on this vital matter !

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Carmel Camilleri says:
05 July 2013 14:53

Eddy now that your party is in Govt the tables have turned up side down. Now you  call traitors everyone who oppose the Govt and not co-operating in the national interest. You seem to have forgotten how much you and others of your ilk put spokes in the wheels of the former Govt and cared nothing about national interests. Now feeling the responsibility of governing want to do away with any criticism or opposition. You got wrote Eddy. The opposition should use the same tactics that Joseph used when on the opposition benches because those were in the national interests.

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John Azzopardi says:
05 July 2013 11:46

Lets hope that all this talk is followed by action and not just. Yes, we maltese are incensed at the way we are being invaded by these illgal migration issue. We should be saving them as I have said many times before, but we cannot keep them here. That is the bottom line. Our national identity and security are at stake. I don't want to be paying taxes for this nonsense.

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Louise Vella says:
05 July 2013 11:40

This is a national problem. It has to be solved in the national interest. The PM's stand deserves the full support of all those who see the need of defending Malta.


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