Use of medical reports

Malta

Country Report: Use of medical reports Last updated: 23/05/22

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The law does not mention the submission of medical reports in support of an asylum seeker’s claim. When these are presented, the IPA treats them as documentary evidence presented by the applicant. Practitioners who have assisted a number of asylum seekers at first instance note that medical reports are taken into consideration, especially with regard to applicants with mental health problems. In these cases, reports provided by medical professionals are given considerable weight in the evaluation of the applicant’s need for protection. Asylum applicants do not routinely provide medical reports documenting torture and other violence.

The Refugee Commissioner noted in 2018, that it has very rarely requested an applicant to undergo a medical examination. Where it does occur, the examination is paid for from public funds. No such request was made in 2018,[1] while no information is available for 2019, 2020 or 2021.

Medical or professional reports are nonetheless necessary for a referral to the fast-track procedure for vulnerable applicants.

 

 

 

[1] Information provided by the Refugee Commissioner, January 2019.

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  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation