The Malta Independent 5 December 2020, Saturday

Migration pact does not go far enough – Home Minister

Friday, 9 October 2020, 08:59 Last update: about 3 months ago

Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said Malta appreciated the European Commission’s efforts to tackle the migration phenomenonN but not enough has been done.

In a comment to Politico, Camilleri said Malta "appreciates the Commission’s effort to seek effective solutions to address irregular migration" but "we feel that the new pact does not go far enough on solidarity. Relocation, which is the most effective form of solidarity, remains entirely voluntary."

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Politico reports that all previous attempts to reform the bloc's asylum policies have failed because of deep divisions between member countries. One of the key areas of disagreement has been between coastline states such as Italy, Greece and Malta that have been pushing for mandatory redistribution of asylum seekers, and Central European nations like Hungary, Austria and Poland that oppose any obligation to take in refugees.

Full report may be seen here

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