Infant among 113 immigrants escorted to Maltese shores

Armed Forces of Malta escort a group of illegal immigrants amounting to 113 after their dinghy was intercepted by the AFM.

(File photo) Some 500 immigrants had landed in Malta last month
(File photo) Some 500 immigrants had landed in Malta last month

A rescue operation was triggered in the early hours of this morning after the Italian rescue authorities in Rome alerted the Armed Forces of Malta of their arrival.

The dinghy, carrying 38 women, 74 men and an infant, was located 50 nm south of Dingli.

A King Air Aircraft from the AFM Air Wing was scrambled to the area, together with an a Protector-class patrol vessel P52 which transferred the irregular immigrants onboard early in the afternoon. 

The group was escorted to Haywharf as reportedly the majority were all in good health.

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I would't assume that the new wave of migrants were coming from Libya. A ship sailing from other parts of Africa could easily be dropping people off closer to land on a dinghy. Somalia is notorious for piracy at sea. Malta's problem is that for its size it has a disproportionately large area of territorial water which seems to be ineffectively policed.
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I would't assume that the new wave of migrants were coming from Libya. A ship sailing from other parts of Africa could easily be dropping people off closer to land on a dinghy. Somalia is notorious for piracy at sea. Malta's problem is that for its size it has a disproportionately large area of territorial water which seems to be ineffectively policed.
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This looks to me like human trafficking organised on a large scale. As these poor exploited irregular migrants - who may be taking a chance on a better life - are individually interviewed a pattern of what exactly is going on beyond Malta's territorial waters should emerge. Sadly, it seems that individual countries have no jurisdiction over international waters. The people involved in organizing this lucrative extortion are the real culprits of this human tragedy.
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UNHCR has a lot to answer for. In the last 10 years it has been encouraging the exodus from Libya and putting pressure on Malta to accept increasing numbers of illegal immigrants. Before resigning CMB gave us the great news that UNHCR big boss Gutteries is coming to Malta in June. Will Gutteries be offering to take the illegal immigrants off our backs? Most unlikely. He is more likely to 1. Criticize Malta’s detention policy; 2. Tell us the detention centres are not good enough; 3. Tell us to expect hundreds if not thousands of illegal immigrants from Libya during the summer months; and 4. Ask Malta to act as UNHCR’s errand boy by telling the Libyans to sign the Refugee Convention and give UNHCR a free rein in Libya. Thank you UNHCR for all you’re doing for Malta.
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The Italians are directing them to Maltese controlled waters. Then they tell Malta they are our responsibility! Our very very weak PM has to do something about this. It's getting ridiculous. Sorry, but leave them wherever they are. We have more than enough refugees.
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How come no one is looking into human trafficking. People are placed on dingies. From where. And who is behind these crossings. Is Malta suppose to keep all these illegal migrants. I hate to think how my future and my childrens will be in a few years.
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It seems that the Italians are keeping a very good watch on the illegal emigrants. They are making sure that as soon as the illegal emigrants touch Maltese waters, the Maltese rescuers are alerted. And the Par Idejn Sodi?? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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Same source on www.timesofmalta.com. Mr Lucky Okocha Achebe writes: “ I do understand the situation of Malta, I don't blame any of you for being so concerned of your future. I rather blame those who are complicating our situation by sponsoring their siblings and relatives back from Somalia or from Eritrea to reach here in a month time. According to my friends who are in detention some of the Eritreans who landed on Wednesday have left Eritrea in May 2012. My fear is if those Eritreans and Somalis continue urging their siblings, relatives, friends or country men and women our situation will get more and more complicated. That is why I am in favor of stopping the influx. If something has not been done, this year is going to be very very difficult year both for us and in fact for Maltese, as there are thousands of Eritreans are entering Libya without encountering any problem.”
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And here is another one from the same www.timesofmalta.com source by Mr Lucky Okocha Achebe, probably a Nigerian or a Ghanaian: “They [the Eritreans] also support their government unbelievably. You can't guess how much they love their president. It is impossible for me to believe thousands of people escape without the good will of their rulers. I am sure if the asmara regime wanted, the influx of Eritreans could stop it easily. … They are clearly sent by president Issayas because he fails to create jobs at home. So they reach Europe and send back 2% of what they earn. All of my Eritrean friends confirmed that to me. If the Maltese Refugee Commissioner granted them only temporary humanitarian protection no Eritrean will come Malta again.” The writer is obviously in the know and he’s saying that Eritreans do not merit refugee status and the Malta’s Refugee Commissioner is encouraging this influx by being too complacent.
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Let me copy a comment by Mr Ahmed Mohammed, a Somali, to a recent article on www.timesofmalta.com: “Stop comparing us with Eritreans...our situations are not the same. We came from the world’s most dangerous country while they [the Eritreans] came from a country where the president walks from his office to his home. And here they are favoured because they are in laws with JRS”. (http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120531/local/migrants-boat+.422063) Maybe the Refugee Commissioner should start looking more critically at asylum requests from Eritreans.
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No person has a legal or moral obligation to commit suicide. Similarly no country has a legal or moral obligation to commit suicide. These never-ending arrivals (more than a 100 at a time) are forcing Malta to a slow death by suffocation. Maltese taxpayers cannot afford the cost. Malta's space is limited. Malta's security is precarious. We are only laying the ground for huge social strife in the near future. Dr Gonzi has failed miserably to give the right leadership. So far he has avoided tackling the problem by preaching Christian values, the fable of the Good Samaritan and the story of St Paul's shipwreck. The problem has now become unsustainable. Malta's very survival - and not just the government's - is at stake.
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What are our brothers and sisters in the EU club doing about this daily events? Are they really bothered? Or was it one of the main reasons that Malta was allowed to join the Elite's Club, being on the border. Why don't we airlift them to Germany? They are doing better than us her. I am sure that they will have a better chance in Germany.