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Country Report Malta

  • ID: 2138709
  • Country Profile
  • Region: Malta
  • 29 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Speaking at a conference on EU affairs at the European University Institute in Italy, Mr Muscat-the leader of the ruling Labour Party (PL)-asserted that the EU's agreement with Turkey is only a partial solution to the migration issue, and that it is likely to increase migrant pressures on other Mediterranean countries, particularly Egypt and Libya.

The prospect of the closure of the Balkan route swelling the number of arrivals on Maltese shores as the weather improves in May-September is a concern for the administration. Malta lies about only 355 km from the Libyan coast, and vessels carrying migrants from Africa and the Middle East that fail to reach Sicily have increased irregular migration inflows since 2002, when about 1,600 migrants arrived in the country.

Although the economy is growing robustly, with real GDP expanding by 6.3% in 2015, resources and administrative capacity to absorb large numbers of non-EU migrants remain limited. A migration crisis in Malta in the coming weeks might therefore be damaging, both for the economically important tourism industry and for the government's popularity.
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Country Report Malta

Malta: the next migration hotspot?
Few arrivals in 2015
Detention policies make Malta an unattractive destination
Migrant strategy unlikely to have a strong impact on arrival numbers
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