Relocation

Malta

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JRS Malta

Relocation statistics: 2016

Relocation from Italy

Relocation from Greece

 

Received requests

Relocations

 

Received requests

Relocations

Total

46

46

Total

34

34

Eritrea

46

46

Syria

27

27

-

-

-

Eritrea

6

6

-

-

-

Iraq

1

1

Source: Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, data provided upon request, 17 January 2017.

So far, Malta has relocated 80 asylum seekers coming from Greece and Italy. According to the authorities, one relocation request has been rejected. The process from the request by Italy or Greece to actual relocation usually takes between a few weeks to a couple of months depending on the specific situation of each case.

Upon arrival, relocated persons are placed in the Initial Reception Centre (IRC). During their stay in the centre, they are medically screened before being taken to reception centres. So far most relocated applicants have spent two to three days in the IRC awaiting medical clearance.

During this time, they receive information about the asylum procedure and they are given the opportunity to lodge an asylum application. While at the IRC they also receive visits from UNHCR and the Red Cross.

Upon release from the IRC, relocated persons are transferred to open reception centres.

Persons who are relocated to Malta go through the normal asylum procedure i.e. following the lodging of their application for international protection, the Office proceeds to schedule their interview, after which the case is examined and a final decision taken. According to the authorities, all cases are concluded on average within 2 months. Since relocation cases are not subject to Visa Information System (VIS), Eurodac or Dublin procedures, in practice they are seen to immediately.

About AIDA

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detenti