Overview of the legal framework

Malta

Country Report: Overview of the legal framework Last updated: 19/05/21

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Main legislative acts relevant to asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of protection

Title (EN) Abbreviation Web Link
International Protection Act, Chapter 420 Refugees Act https://bit.ly/30XOgUt (EN)
Amended by: Act VI of 2015   http://bit.ly/1LQjEov (EN)
Amended by: Act VII of2015

Amended by: Act XX of 2017

Amended by:  Act XL of 2020

  http://bit.ly/1Npu2Vg (EN)

http://bit.ly/2DKUu18 (EN)

https://bit.ly/38PosP3 (EN)

Immigration Act, Chapter 217 Immigration Act http://bit.ly/1ee7pa9 (EN)
Prevention of Disease Ordinance, CAP 36, 1908   https://bit.ly/2E9u73v (EN)
Minor Protection (Alternative Care) Act, CAP 602   https://bit.ly/3bX5Z54 (EN)

Main implementing decrees and administrative guidelines and regulations relevant to asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of protection

Title (EN) Abbreviation Web Link
Procedural Standards for Granting and Withdrawing International Protection Regulations, Legal Notice 416 of 2015

Amended by: Act XL of 2020

Procedural Regulations https://bit.ly/3ltkbpl (EN)
Social Security (UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees) Order, Legal Notice 291 of 2001 Refugees Social Security Regulations http://bit.ly/1eUcuVZ (EN)
 

International Protection Appeals Tribunal (Procedures) Regulations, Legal Notice 252 of 2001

IPAT Regulations https://bit.ly/30UbZVE (EN)
Board of Visitors for Detained Persons Regulations, Legal Notice 266 of 2007 DVB Regulations http://bit.ly/1GURBTA (EN)
Agency for the Welfare of Asylum-seekers Regulations, Legal Notice 205 of 2009 AWAS Regulations http://bit.ly/1GURCHj (EN)
Asylum Procedures (Application for a Declaration) Regulations, Legal Notice 253 of 2001 Declaration Regulations http://bit.ly/1KpjB5V (EN)
Immigration Appeals Board (Additional Jurisdiction) Regulations, Legal Notice 2 of 2012 IAB Dublin Regulations http://bit.ly/1ds1pK9 (EN)
Refugee Appeals Board (Chambers) Rules, Legal Notice 47 of 2005 RAB Chambers Regulations http://bit.ly/1GHgCyh (EN)
Reception of Asylum-seekers (Minimum Standards) Regulations, Legal Notice 320 of 2005

Amended by: Reception of Asylum Seekers Regulations, Legal Notice 417 of 2015

Reception Regulations https://bit.ly/3rdvDqu.  (EN)

http://bit.ly/1HpyUcd(EN)

Common Standards and Procedures for Returning Illegally Staying Third-Country Nationals Regulations, Legal Notice 81 of 2011 Returns Regulations https://bit.ly/2U5VQXR(EN)
Amended by: Common Standards and Procedures for Returning Illegally Staying Third-Country Nationals (Amendment) Regulations, Legal Notice 15 of 2014    
Family Reunification Regulations, Legal Notice 150 of 2007 Family Reunification Regulations https://bit.ly/2FQ0N33(EN)
Strategy for the Reception of Asylum Seekers and Irregular Immigrants (2015) 2015 Strategy Document https://goo.gl/FFz7qJ (EN)
Detention Service Regulations, Legal Notice 16 of 2016 Detention Service Regulations https://bit.ly/2R5z5RN(EN)
Migrant Integration Strategy & Action Plan – Vision 2020 Integration Strategy https://bit.ly/2FWLF4x(EN)
Policy regarding Specific Residence Authorisation – Updated policy October 2020 Specific Residence Authorisation https://bit.ly/2OZBQJ9 (EN)

Table of contents

  • 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