The Malta Independent 29 September 2022, Thursday
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Updated: Qormi farm illegally used to house 120 people; migrants charged €200 per room per month

Albert Galea Monday, 13 August 2018, 10:27 Last update: about 5 years ago

Around 120 migrants have been found being kept on what was meant to be a farm.

The site in the limits of Qormi however, was being used to illegally house migrants. The migrants living there told Planning Authority officials that they are in Malta legally, and thus they were told to vacate the property and are now responsible for finding new homes themselves.

Sources told The Malta Independent that the migrants were each paying €200 per room per month, and that the owner was making €10,000 per month from this income.

The stables on site were divided up into dormitories, some housing as many as 20 beds. Most of the migrants, this newsroom was told on site, came from Italy. 

A statement issued by the Planning Authority described the conditions of the farm as "inhumane".  The authority found that all the rooms had no basic facilities or privacy and were significantly overcrowded.  Furthermore, the shower and lavatory facilities were found to be a health hazard for those making use of them.

The Planning Authority went on site to secure the property, and water and electricity has been cut. The owner of the site is not present during this ongoing operation, and the Planning Authority's enforcement officials are dealing with the occupants. Police officers are also on site. Few of these migrants found shelter with some of their friends , however the majority of them are now homeless.  

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