In 2020, a total of 209 decisions on Syrian cases were taken. This refers to 45 refugee status, 107 subsidiary protection and 57 rejections (among them 53 were inadmissible) This means that the majority of Syrians continue to receive subsidiary protection in Malta.
By way of comparison, 429 Syrian nationals had applied for international protection in Malta in 2019. The vast majority were granted subsidiary protection (261) while 24 were recognised as refugees. 77 applications were rejected but that number includes implicit and explicit withdrawals.
In 2019, the Refugee Commissioner received 258 applications from Libyan nationals. 50 were granted subsidiary protection while 12 were recognised refugees. 24 applications were rejected but that also includes explicit and implicit withdrawals.
The IPA did not share statistics on Libyan nationals in 2020, but according to Eurostat the large majority of them obtained subsidiary protection (70 persons), none of them received a refugee status, and only 5 Libyan applicants were rejected. This confirms that, where nationality is established, Libyan national continue to be systematically granted international protection.