PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL SECURITY: New migration strategy draws a balance between human rights and security

Reference Number: PR152933eng, Press Release Issue Date: Dec 30, 2015
A strategy for the reception of asylum seekers and irregular migrants is being published by the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, following a period of public consultation.
During a meeting held with a number of non-governmental organisations in the migration field, Minister Carmelo Abela remarked that this strategy ensured the adoption of a comprehensive approach to the reception of asylum seekers and irregular migrants. He emphasised that it seeks to draw a balance between humanitarian needs and security requirements. The aim was to ensure that the rights of asylum seekers were secured without jeopardising the security of the country.
The Minister said the measures meet the criteria required by the European Court of Human Rights in its judgements relating to Malta. Similarly, it is in line with the high standards deriving from EU legislation, through the European Reception Conditions Directive.
The document provides for a system for the initial reception of recently arrived migrants, as well as for initiatives relating to detention and open centre accommodation. It meets the Government’s pledge not to detain minors and vulnerable persons.
The Ministry will now be working towards implementation, addressing the re-organisation of Malta’s reception systems, and strengthening procedures that identify those who are in clear need of international protection.
The Ministry takes the opportunity to express gratitude towards all those who participated, in particular NGOs for their valuable contributions.
The 'Strategy for the Reception of Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants' may be accessed from the following link: 

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