Germany ups resettlement figure to 150 migrants

The German government has decided to extend the number from 100 to 150 of refugees who have arrived after the end of March 2011 on the island.

“In the light of the growing arrivals of refugees in Malta, Germany is following the recommendation of the EU Council that EU members should show solidarity in viewof the crisis in Libya and the increasing flow of sub-Saharan refugees from Libya,” the embassy said in a statement.

“The German government considers that, for specific reasons – size, population, geographical location - Malta is heavily burdened. The German embassy is confident that, with the assistance of the Maltese authorities and the International Organisation for Migration, all 150 refugees can leave Malta this summer.”

Already in April 2011 the government of the Federal Republic of Germany had pledged to relocate 100 refugees from Malta to Germany.

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The percentage of foreigners in terms of the total population of Germany is 7.3 percent - slightly more than 2 percent from other countries in the EC. . Malta's immigrants (incl. refugees) as percentage of state population is 2.7 . No need for scaremongering here.
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@ Louise Vella; First of all we are talking about refugees and not illegal immigrants. 2. The intellectual capacity of your proposed "solution" to the problem knocks me off my feet....Louise Vella for Prime Minister!! @ hic; Germany's population includes 7.3 million foreigners, including 2 million Turks and many refugees from the developing world.
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Yeah right!! Thanks Germany. We really appreciate you taking 150 migrants from Malta. So a country with a population exceeding 80million and an area of 357021 sq. km can only afford to take 150 migrants; whilst an island with over 400,000 persons in just 300 sq. km is expected to keep thousands!!
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It's good that our burden is lightened by 150 illegal immigrants less. But last week we got a ship with more than twice that number and Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici (who is probably still reeling from the shock of the referendum result) has not informed the general public how many of them have been or will be repatriated. The real solution to the problem of illegal immigrants is not to pass on the burden to other EU countries. As we can see, they are unwilling to take more than a few at a time. The solution is to stop the illegal immigrants from coming and to embark on a serious and dynamic policy of repatriating them to their native countries.