Times of Malta
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Twenty three beneficiaries of international protection from
Eritrea and Somalia left Malta yesterday to start a new life in the
United States, Norway and Denmark.
Nineteen - one family and 15 adults, will be resettled in the United
States. A family of three will be relocated in Norway while an
individual will be relocated to Denmark, as part of both countries'
pledges to assist Malta.
With this latest departure, the United States has resettled 868 people since 2007, 57 since the beginning of this year.
Norway has relocated 24 out of 31 people identified by the Norwegian
authorities for relocation following a selection mission some months
Denmark has pledged to take 10 people and yesterday's was the first. More people should leave Malta in the coming days.
Other European countries have also committed to relocate
beneficiaries of international protection from Malta, in the context of
the extension of the Eurema pilot project, or on a bilateral basis.
These include Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein,
Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and
The Netherlands. These relocations have already been conducted with
respect to Germany and Ireland, with 153 and 10 persons being relocated
The Ministry for Home Affairs in collaboration with the office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malta and the
International Organisation for Migration - Malta, coordinated with
counterparts in the respective countries in preparation for these