Readers, we have followed the island nation of Malta’s travails for over 5 years. As a bit of European land closest to North Africa, the country is being swamped by migrant Somalis trying to get to Europe.
To make matters worse, a few years ago, the Bush Administration (egged-on by Malta’s Jesuits) did a foolish (and possibly illegal) thing and began transforming Malta’s illegal alien Somalis into legitimate “refugees” and began airlifting them to your towns.
Of course, as the word got out, the action only further energized the human trafficking business aimed at Malta. If you are ambitious, click here, to read our dozens and dozens of posts on poor Malta’s situation.
As international leaders met in NYC last week, Malta’s President sat down with a representative of the new Somali government to discuss formalization of diplomatic relations—a possible first step in deporting Somalis back to their homeland? (They don’t say that, I’m just wondering).
From the Times of Malta:
A meeting aimed at embarking on diplomatic relations between Malta and Somalia, from where the former received the greatest number of irregular immigrants, has been held at the insistence of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat during his stay in New York for the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Maltese delegation was led by Dr Muscat, that of Somalia by Somali deputy Prime Minister Fawzia Yusuf Adam.
During the meeting, Malta made a formal request for relations to start between the two countries, a request expected to be officially confirmed by the Somali Government in the coming weeks.
This, the Government said, was the first step towards the two sides working together on irregular migration. Tangible methods of how this could be done once relations were embarked upon were discussed.
Dr Muscat said this was an important step because it opened doors to ways and possibilities of addressing the problem.
American readers should be cheering this initiative!
Holy cow! We took 282 of Malta’s illegal aliens this (2013) fiscal year alone. There were 257 cases with a total of 282 individuals which means most were single (most likely men). Check it out! Map Arrivals by Country Location as of 31 Aug.2013
Cool stats! You know we can see statistics showing from which countries our readers come—we have had 677 ‘views’ from Malta in the last three months. Of course, that could mean we have a handful of visitors coming many times, but still it’s encouraging to see how widespread our readership is.