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01 Jan 2019 description

An army patrol carried out the largest migrant rescue mission for many months, while another 49 migrants remained blocked at sea after both Malta and Italy refused to accept them

VALLETTA, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Malta's armed forces saved 180 migrants in two rescue operations in the Mediterranean on Monday, less than 24 hours after picking up another group of 69.

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07 Oct 2018 description

Maltese armed forces said the boat was spotted during a routine patrol

VALETTA, Oct 7 (Reuters) - A group of 120 migrants arrived in Malta on Sunday after being rescued from a small inflatable boat in the Mediterranean by the island's armed forces.

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23 Aug 2018 description
report The Guardian

The Aquarius is a special-purpose ship chartered by SOS Méditerranée, a European maritime and humanitarian organisation, and Médecins Sans Frontières to rescue migrants and refugees in trouble at sea.

Photographer Nicoló Lanfranchi was onboard tracking its progress and as it docked in the port of Valletta. This is his second dispatch.

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16 Aug 2018 description

ENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN - Responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Central Mediterranean, a total of 141 people were rescued on Friday by the search and rescue vessel Aquarius, chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE and operated in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Both organisations are now calling upon European governments to assign the closest place of safety without delay in accordance with International Maritime Law so that people rescued at sea can be disembarked and Aquarius can continue providing urgently needed humanitarian assistance.

15 Aug 2018 description

Aquarius has received formal permission from the Maltese authorities to enter the port of Valletta. MSF is relieved that a place of safety has been found for the 141 vulnerable people rescued on the Mediterranean. They are survivors of two search and rescue events which were coordinated by Libyan Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. We welcome the news that France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain have also agreed to share responsibility in a coordinated European response.

15 Aug 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency applauds yesterday’s decision by the Government of Malta to permit the disembarkation of 141 asylum-seekers and migrants rescued on the Central Mediterranean by an NGO boat, the Aquarius. We also commend those European countries who have come forward to offer relocation places for rescued passengers post-disembarkation. This demonstrates the benefits that can be reaped from a collaborative approach.

23 Feb 2018 description

Updated AIDA Country Report on Malta

On 14 February ECRE released the updated AIDA country report for Malta, presenting an in-depth analysis of asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and rights of recognised beneficiaries in the country. Malta received 1,619 asylum seekers in 2017, among whom a modest number of boat arrivals. Most asylum seekers were from Syria, Libya and Somalia.

05 Sep 2017 description

"It's all too confused right now, and this confusion is not good for those people who pay the price with their lives"

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Sept 4 (Reuters) - A Malta-based humanitarian group that has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean for three years said on Monday it was suspending operations after months of rising tensions with Italian and Libyan authorities.

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09 Sep 2016 description
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Comments by Malta

Human Rights Council
Thirty-third session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Note by the Secretariat

15 Jun 2016 description

"The idea is that with more people getting interested you can cover bigger areas of the sea"

By Magdalena Mis

LONDON, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A smartphone application that allows users to scan the Mediterranean for boats in distress is being tested by a migrant rescue service, which hopes that crowdsourced information will help it save more people.

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26 May 2016 description
report Government of Malta

On 25 May 2016, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr George W. Vella, and Dr Michael Spindelegger, Director-General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), inaugurated the organisation’s Coordination and Cooperation Centre for Migration in the Mediterranean in Floriana.

10 Dec 2014 description

VALETTA (10 December 2014) – Malta needs to step up its preparation for the foreseeable number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea and arriving at its external borders, United Nations human rights expert François Crépeau has warned today. He urged European countries to support Malta’s efforts and “shoulder their share of responsibilities”