The transfer was made after all necessary preparations had been made by the Ministry of National Security, the French Embassy in Malta and the International Organization for Migration.
Preparations included testing to make sure none of the migrants had COVID-19.
In its statement, the government said that despite the obstacles created by the pandemic in terms of offshoring, authorities are doing everything possible to ensure that more offshoring is carried out.
Today’s relocation stems from a new European migration pact, which proposes a mixed system of forced solidarity.
While emphasizing responsibility and solidarity, the proposed arrangement is unlikely to satisfy border countries like Malta which demand solidarity from other member states and migrant skeptical countries like Hungary opposed to migrants. relocation mechanisms.
The proposal suggests a system of ‘flexible contributions’ from Member States which can range from the relocation of asylum seekers from the country of first entry to taking charge of the return of persons without the right to stay, or to various forms of operational support. .
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