Legal Update on the Captain Morgan Incident

This week aditus foundation, Jesuit Refugee Service Malta and Integra foundation filed three complaints in three different fora with respect to the situation of around 167 migrants currently being held aboard the private vessels Europa II and the Atlantis, just outside Malta’s territorial waters. The Maltese government chartered a number of private pleasure craft vessels to accommodate migrants rescued in Malta’s SAR zone in the period between the 28th and 29th April 2020 and 6th May 2020. The migrants were transferred from private and AFM vessels involved in the rescue to the chartered vessels and have remained there since the beginning of May.

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Interviews about the repercussions of Covid-19 on refugees & migrants

#KeepingUpWithTheInterns

Last week I was going through the news and reading about the current COVID-19 pandemic. I came across a Times Of Malta article  ‘Migrants ‘more vulnerable’ to COVID-19 impact’. In this article the Director of Integra, Maria Pisani,

Imagine losing everything on your way to Europe and suddenly facing a new crisis in your new home: you’ve just lost your job, have no internet to stay updated about the novel corona-virus and no friends or family to support you with food or medicine. This is the situation in which some migrants have suddenly found themselves.

Dr. Maria Pisani, Integra Foundation

After reading this article I decided to sit down with our Legal Officer, Claire Delom, a French human rights lawyer with expertise in refugee law. I also spoke with Sarah Giusti, Social Worker at The Jesuit Refugee Service: “JRS in Malta seeks to accompany, serve and defend the rights of asylum seekers and forcibly displaced persons who arrive in Malta”

I interviewed them regarding the current situation affecting local migrants and refugees.

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Project Refugee Assistance Malta

From 1 January 2018 through to July 2020, aditus foundation and JRS Malta will be implementing a project geared to assist refugees as they attempt to integrate in Malta: Project Refugee Assistance Malta. The main aim of the project is to ensure that refugees and asylum-seekers are able to live a dignified life in Malta, where their immediate needs are promptly identified and met and where they enjoy access to their rights and opportunities.

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Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation in support of our work with refugees & migrants

We’re incredibly happy to announce that Project Integrated will be receiving support from the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation, allowing us to extend our activities through till December 2018!

This was confirmed on 18 March during a ceremony held at San Anton Palace, where the President of Malta emphasised that this year’s MCCFF aims are to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The project, implemented with JRS Malta and Integra Foundation, provides integration support to refugees as well as migrants at risk of social exclusion.

We’re extremely grateful to the MCCFF for its constant support of our efforts, and for its commitment towards seeking to improve the lives of vulnerable or marginalised communities.