MaltaToday survey | Over 20% think asylum seekers ‘invading’ Malta

MaltaToday survey indicates that a majority of respondents (55%) support the pushback policy.

The MaltaToday survey held this week reveals that the greatest concern the Maltese people have about migration by 'boat people' is the fear of being 'invaded' or seeing their country 'taken over' by migrants.

The survey indicates that a majority of respondents (55%) support the pushback policy considered by the new Labour government in July, before the European Court of Human Rights stopped any such action. It had already ruled such a policy illegal when practised by Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing government in Italy.

Support for pushbacks is particularly strong among Labour voters and those lacking a tertiary education.

A majority of Nationalist voters and tertiary-educated voters reject this 'solution', which has been decreed illegal by the European Court of Human Rights.

The survey also shows that an overwhelming majority of those supporting pushbacks would reconsider their position if they were convinced that the lives of migrants deported to Libya were in danger. But 15% of the population still agrees with pushbacks, even if sending migrants back to Libya puts their lives at risk. Libya is not bound by the Geneva Convention, which regulates the status of asylum seekers.

Although the survey shows that the majority of respondents have a clear idea about the number of arrivals in the past months and years, 60% wrongly believe that the number of migrants arriving in the first seven months of this year exceeded arrivals in the same period in any year during the past decade. This suggests that the political drama over recent weeks created the impression of a record number of arrivals, even though the number did not surpass arrivals in 2006, 2008 or 2011, and has only slightly surpassed the number in 2012.

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So “A majority of Nationalist voters and tertiary-educated voters reject this 'solution', which has been decreed illegal by the European Court of Human Rights.” The anti-immigrant sentiment has easily spilled over into virulent forms of intolerance because our political class passivity and reactive failure to lead the electorate by example through by the adoption and implementation of effective positive proactive policies towards immigration that would spare the country the scourge of widespread intolerance that is detrimental to the social cohesion. Since the majority of policy makers (PN, PL, AD) are likely tertiary-educated: what is the official and the practiced policies of our mainstream parties on these emotionally charged issues of immigration and integration.
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55% supporting pushbacks is actually good news as the impression was that this unethical illegal policy was supported by an overwhelming majority, closer to 80% than 55. Since I know that many PN voters support the policy, it means that many PL voters do NOT support it. It would appear therefore that Joseph Muscat's reckless, cynical gamble has not really paid off.
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I would propose opening a detention centre for these unlucky people preferably at St Patrick's in Sliema. And then we would certainly see a big increase in the support of Govt's proposed push back policy from supporters of the Partit Nazzjonalista.
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EU has no serious solution to Malta's migrants but hiding behind the Dublin2. pushback is the ultimate way to solve this huge problem created by the EU.
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If 'Push Back' is deemed illegal, we should not do it because we are law abiding citizens. 'Calling these people Illegals is a little bit cruel’. But then calling them Irregular Immigrants is ridiculous. The act of these people is very seasonally Regular. It only stopped dead when the person ruling Libya said that's it, and it stopped instantly. Now with the help of rulers like the Americans, the British, the French, the UN and so on, we helped them get other rulers that don't know what the heck they're doing and things got started again. Now that our present rulers in Malta are forcing speedy resolution to this never ending regular phenomenon, we are called immoral. I think a solution will be for Malta to send all these 'Regular Immigrants Without Permission To The EU' people straight to Brussels and see if they will allow Air Malta loaded with these people we rescued from death to land in their country. If the rulers of the EU don't like the influx of these unfortunate people crowding Brussels, they can speedily and forcefully disperse them to all other European nations as they see fit, hopefully in ratio of their population, or land mass, or both.
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Libya is a safe country, so much so that these people spend more then a year working there to save money for the trip, if this is not the case then somebody is financing their trip.
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Sorry, they are. They should be pushed back or forward and NOT allowed to remain in Malta. We have 1 African illegal immigrant in Malat for every 20 Maltese citizen. Somalis whos country is now beign rebuilt, have a President and a Governemnt and a Constitution voted for by the Somalis far outnumber anyone else. In Malta they even outnumber the Somalis living in Somalia per sq km. From another part of the media. In Somalia There are 16.12 Somalis per sq km In Malta there are already 16.66 Somalis per sq km. And some have the gall to say that they are not invading US?
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I have the impression from this article That you are of the idea that the labourites and who has not had tertiary-education is some kind of dumb or are not capable of thinking what's good for there country
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lovely exercise in damage control for your position against pushbacks. Incidentally, have the surveys on approval ratings for political parties and their leaders suddenly vanished ??!!!
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Only the naive would think that big countries don't have their interest to pursue. When the EU orders its citizens to throw their passports in the bin;when they get rid of their frontier guards, and when they will give freedom of movement to illegals that arrive here, only then perhaps, I will think again. But since I am not living in the US, Germany, Sweden,UK, France Italy, or Norway but on tiny Malta, I will stay put and tell the grownups who live in fantasy land get real! The only journalist whom I respect is Karl Schembri, the rest are just...
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The number of illegal migrants per capita is the highest in Europe and has been so for a number of years. Just because nothing was done in previous years when the arrivals were bigger, does justify not taking action now. Its action was like the band playing on the Titanic whilst the ship sank. It created a feeling of false security when in fact it should have been doing something about what is clearly a non-sustainable situation. Mixing of cultures and religion doesn't work. We will end up like Jugoslavia and Lebanon.
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"Support for pushbacks is particularly strong among Labour voters and those lacking a tertiary education." - You mean anyone who's not been educated in the art of Political Correctness as dictated by our global overlords via their corporate media? It was the same in the USSR, you know. The 'educated' population (which in the West we used to call 'brainwashed') were politically correct even before the term was coined by our own collectivist globalists. Time to wake up folks. You've been living the illusion far too long, especially the so-called 'intelligentsia'.
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The number of illegal migrants per capita is the highest in Europe and has been so for a number of years. Just because nothing was done in previous years when the arrivals were bigger, does justify not taking action now. Its action was like the band playing on the Titanic whilst the ship sank. It created a feeling of false security when in fact it should have been doing something about what is clearly a non-sustainable situation. Mixing of cultures and religion doesn't work. We will end up like Jugoslavia and Lebanon.
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There is 3 options to solve this problem. No1. The Push back Policy. But unfortunately this was declared illegal by the UCHR and the UE. No2. The Push Forward Policy, probably the most adequate one in these circumstances. The No3 policy is already being used by the EU. It is the Push Sideways Policy, because this is the policy that lately has been used by the EU for dealing with the Illegal Immigration Problem. Putting the problem sideways or under the carpet.
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Your last paragraph claims that 60% "wrongly believe" that numbers over the first seven months of this year exceeded those in any year over the same period, yet goes on to say that this year's figure slightly surpassed 2012's. By what reasoning, then, is their belief wrong?
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The number of illegal migrants per capita is the highest in Europe and has been so for a number of years. Just because nothing was done in previous years when the arrivals were bigger, does justify not taking action now. Its action was like the band playing on the Titanic whilst the ship sank. It created a feeling of false security when in fact it should have been doing something about what is clearly a non-sustainable situation. Mixing of cultures and religion doesn't work. We will end up like Jugoslavia and Lebanon.
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U kemm min dawk li irrispondew qalu li jaqblu mal-pushbacks jekk il-pajjiz li jergghu jintbghatu fih l-imigranti jkun sigur? Nahseb kulhadd eh? Il-Libja hija meqjusa demokratika issa u hielsa mid-ditattorjat, ghalhekk sigura. U nahseb li ma kellekx ghalfejn issemmi l-edukazzjoni terzjarja jew in-nuqqas taghha. Il-problema hi ugwali ghal kulhadd. Qieghed nassumi li dan is-survey ma huiex xjentifiku u sar ta' kaf kaf b' agenda mohbija. Jien perswaz li kieku kien ikollok rizultat hafna aktar realistiku.