Personal stories of protecting refugees coming soon: Our Island

My time spent working with refugees has taught me many things: the sheer strength of the human spirit, the tragedy of loss and suffering born of human egoism, neglect and violence, the capacity of the nation state to deny the right to rights and the people’s capacity to be complicit…and also to resist. Maria Pisani How does one convey what it was like to work in detention, to someone who has never set foot inside a detention centre? How to … read more

New national report on asylum in Malta

  aditus foundation and JRS Malta are happy to launch the 2017 AIDA report. The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a project of the European Council on Refugees & Exiles (ECRE), producing national reports on the situation of asylum in a number of EU Member States and covering key areas such as asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention.   It aims to provide up-to-date information on asylum practice in 23 European countries, which is accessible to researchers, advocates, legal practitioners and the general public. … read more

LIBE & PANA Mission Report, Rule of Law, Malta

The European Parliament’s Mission Report Following the ad-hoc Delegation to Malta (30 November – 1 December, 2017) was finally published yesterday. The Report outlines the findings of the visit of an ad-hoc Delegation to Malta composed of 8 European Parliamentarians drawn from the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA). The Report contains a summary of the meetings that the Delegation held with various government representatives, … read more

How to identify the needs of refugees victims of torture?

Time for Needs, a project with the objective of contributing to the identification of special needs of victims of torture and/or serious violence, came to a conclusion with a conference on 28 September 2017 in Brussels, aimed at disseminating project findings. During the conference the project’s final report, that includes a questionnaire assessing the procedural, reception, health and social needs of victims of torture and/or serious violence, was launched. During this conference presentations from the project partners and representatives from … read more

From assisting British lawyers in Greece to a standalone initiative: Know Your Rights!

Recently, we’ve been requested by the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association* (ILPA) to provide specific information about various elements of Malta’s asylum system. In 2017, ILPA started a pilot project aiming at sending volunteer experienced UK immigration and asylum lawyers to Greece to support refugees and Greek lawyers on-site. The lawyers sent to Greece are focusing on the initial stages of cases: preparing statements, advising on evidence and applications for family reunion. So as to ensure a more effective implementation, ILPA … read more