€93,080 spent to repatriate 52 irregular immigrants

The government spent around €23,000 to repatriate 52 irregular immigrants between July 2012 and June 2014. 

52 irregular immigrants were repatriated from Malta between July 2012 and June 2014, costing a total of €93,080.34, an EU statement said. This was an average of €1790 per immigrant. Of these total costs, €23,270.08 came from national funds while €69,810.26 came from the European Return Fund.

The EU launched the European Return Fund in 2012 to financially aid EU member states in repatriation exercises. The Immigration Police are obliged to repatriate irregular migrants when they don’t satisfy entry and residential criteria and refuse to voluntarily return to their home countries.

Repatriation costs include flight tickets for the immigrants and their exports.

A previous EU repatriation project took place in Malta between January 2011 and June 2013. This project cost a total of €19,735.96, of which €14,801.97 were co-financed by the European Union.