Statistics

Malta

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 30/11/20

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Overview of statistical practice

 

In 2017, RefCom started to publish a quarterly statistical overview of its activity, including statistics on the number of applications, with a breakdown per nationality and gender, as well as the number and type of decisions taken.[1] UNHCR regularly publishes information on arrivals, asylum applications, decisions and reception of asylum seekers.[2]

Applications and granting of protection status at first instance: 2019

 

First-time applicants in 2019

Pending at end 2019

Refugee status

Subsidiary protection

Humanitarian protection

Rejection

Refugee rate

Subs. Prot. rate

Hum. Prot. rate

Rejection rate

Total

4,021

3,574

56

352

14

874

4.5%

27%

1%

67.5%

 

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers

 

Sudan

1,057

936

6

0

1

35

14.3%

0%

2.3%

83.4%

Syria

429

455

24

261

0

77

6.6%

72.1%

0%

21.3%

Libya

258

348

12

50

0

24

14%

58%

0%

28%

Gambia

211

68

0

1

0

36

0%

2.7%

0%

97.3%

Eritrea

217

211

0

24

0

28

0%

46%

0%

54%

Somalia

221

163

2

9

0

228

0.8%

3.8%

0%

95.4%

Nigeria

218

126

0

0

3

29

0%

0%

9.3%

90.7%

Ivory Coast

165

155

0

0

0

36

0%

0%

0%

100%

Bangladesh

136

57

0

1

1

155

0%

0.6%

0.6%

98.8%

Morocco

119

77

0

2

0

60

0%

3.2%

0%

96.8%

South Sudan

84

68

0

0

0

1

0%

0%

0%

100%

Senegal

91

54

0

0

0

4

0%

0%

0%

100%

Source: Office of the Refugee Commissioner, February 2020. Note that the number of rejections includes withdrawals, inadmissibility decisions (including those where the applicant has already received protection in another Member State) and decisions taken on subsequent applications. However, it does not include applications which are viewed as “Dublin closures”. Dublin closures appear to relate to cases where another Member State is responsible for the applicant’s claim.

 

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2019

 

 

Number

Percentage

Total number of applicants

4,021

100%

Men

3,195

79.5%

Women

372

9.2%

Children

423

10.5%

Unaccompanied children

31

0.8%

Source: Office of the Refugee Commissioner, February 2020

 

 

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2019

 

 

First instance

Appeal (01/01-31/12)

 

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Total number of decisions

1,319

100%

580

100%

Positive decisions

422

32%

24

4%

  • Refugee status

56

4.2%

5

0.8%

  • Subsidiary protection

352

26.7%

17

2.9%

  • Humanitarian protection

14

1.1%

2

0.3%

Negative decisions (including withdrawals)

897

68%

556

96%

Source: Office of the Refugee Commissioner, January 2020; Refugee Appeals Board, January 2020. Note that the total number of decisions does not include “Dublin closure” decisions.

 



[1]Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement, The Office of the Refugee Commissioner, available at: http://bit.ly/2DLven5.

[2] UNHCR Malta, Figures at a glance, available at: https://bit.ly/3bgXj6a.

 

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