In Malta there is a growing number of stranded migrants; men, women, and children living a precarious existence with very limited rights, constantly at risk of exploitation and abuse. Almost all are rejected asylum‐seekers who have been in Malta for many years, unable to be returned home through no fault of their own.
I believe that it serves no useful purpose, for the individuals
concerned or for Malta, to keep people, no matter their legal status, in
a limbo situation forever.
With this letter, I urge Malta's Prime Minister to:
- Establish a legal pathway to regularisation for all
rejected asylum seekers who have lived in Malta for 5 years or more and
have not been returned to their country through no fault of their own.
- Ensure that the criteria for qualification for regularisation
are clear and public and not based only on proof of employment and
self-sufficiency, but take all an individual’s integration efforts and
links to Malta into account.
- Draw up legal rules to regulate both the application and the
decision-making procedure, which provide adequate guarantees of
fairness, independence and impartiality.
- Grant clear legal rights to those who qualify for
regularisation, as well as to those who today benefit from THPN, which
will allow them to live with dignity and to work towards more permanent
forms of status, such as long-term residence, in Malta.
- Make sure that, whatever the changes to the procedure for
renewal, there is no reduction in the rights and benefits of those who
today enjoy THPN.
Posted: 15 December 2017