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More Irregular Immigrants Left Malta Than Arrived In 2023

More Irregular Immigrants Left Malta Than Arrived In 2023
Jan 9 2024 Share

In response to a parliamentary question, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Byron Camilleri provided insights into Malta’s efforts to address irregular immigration over the past year. 

He revealed that in 2023, 380 irregular immigrants were rescued by the Armed Forces, with 315 repatriated and 159 relocated to other European countries. These figures signify a net decrease in the number of irregular immigrants in Malta, indicating a departure exceeding arrivals.

Simultaneously, 1,391 individuals from third countries, irregularly residing in Malta, were repatriated or relocated to authorized countries. Minister Camilleri emphasized ongoing initiatives to reform the irregular immigration system, involving legislative changes and systematic improvements at both local and international levels.

Furthermore, the establishment of the Returns Unit within the Ministry for Home Affairs was highlighted, focusing on facilitating the return of individuals to their home countries if they do not require protection in Malta. 

The minister underscored the government’s commitment to managing irregular immigration without adverse impacts on surrounding communities, pointing to extensive work in immigrant centres.

Additionally, the response addressed changes made to establish a proper protection system in Malta. Legislative amendments, investments in the asylum process, and a reduction in pending applications were outlined as key elements in this endeavour.

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Prime Minister & Opposition Leader In Court Over Hospitals Deal

Prime Minister & Opposition Leader In Court Over Hospitals Deal
Jan 9 2024 Share

Prime Minister Robert Abela and Opposition Leader Bernard Grech participated in the inaugural court hearing on Monday regarding the Opposition’s pursuit to recover funds allegedly “defrauded” by Steward Healthcare in the hospital deal.

Last year, Grech and Nationalist MP Adrian Delia initiated legal action against present and former government officials involved in hospital privatisation, urging the State Advocate’s involvement.

The government, represented by lawyers Chris Cilia, Ian Borg, and Maurizio Cordina, sought permission to intervene in the Opposition’s case against the State Advocate. Grech and Delia’s legal team responded by requesting urgent authorisation to present Delia’s affidavit. State Advocate lawyer James D’Agostino objected, proposing a deferral of evidence presentation until the matter of government intervention is resolved.

Justice Giovanni Grixti upheld this decision, scheduling oral submissions from all parties for the following Monday, deferring further proceedings.

During the hearing, Grech and Delia’s lawyer, Edward deBono, suggested that Judge Grixti disclose his family connection to the late consultant surgeon Charles Grixti, involved in the due diligence assessment of the hospitals. Despite acknowledging the relationship and offering recusal options, all parties expressed confidence in Judge Grixti, allowing the case to proceed under his jurisdiction.

Nationalist Party Leader Bernard Grech and MP Adrian Delia are pushing for State Advocate intervention to recover €400 million from Vitals and Steward. Grech accuses Prime Minister Robert Abela of delaying the revelation of the truth regarding hospital deals. Concerns about government intervention impacting independence have been raised. Court proceedings continue, with potential implications for international arbitration.

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Youngest Maltese Kids Ever In Antartica?

Youngest Maltese Kids Ever In Antartica?
Jan 9 2024 Share

These adorable little Maltese could be the youngest siblings to set foot on the frozen tundra of Antartica. 

Jerome and Valentina, 3 years and 2 years old respectively, had the opportunity to land and walk on their 6th content as they voyage around the world with their parents. 

Learning about penguins, seals, whales and the animals that inhabit these far reaches of the globe, the two posed for a cute photo with the Maltese flag surrounded by snow and frost. 

The toddlers are travelling the globe with their mum and dad Marieta and Jean Paul – and taking the time to snap absolutely gorgeous photos of the landscape around them as their two kids enjoy every second of it – as do the parents, of course!

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Bolt Want New Transport Minister To Lift E-Scooter Ban

Bolt Want New Transport Minister To Lift E-Scooter Ban
Jan 9 2024 Share

Responding to questions by MaltaDaily, a Bolt spokesperson confirmed that the company would like to see the new Minister remove the ban on e-scooter. 

The spokesperson said that the company will collaborate with Minister Chris Bonett as ‘it has always done with Maltese public authorities’. 

The spokesperson said that Bolt is willing to work to solve the current traffic problems in Malta by offering the Maltese people and visitors a different mix of alternative mobility solutions which can be complemented with public transport. 

‘We strongly hope that the foreseen ban of shared scooters can now be reassessed with the new minister’, the spokesperson said. 

‘By establishing together a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maltese authorities, similar to initiatives undertaken elsewhere in Europe, we are convinced that it is possible to reach a constructive agreement with the Government to lift the previously announced ban and guarantee safe shared scooter operations in Malta for the benefit of all.’ 

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