Malta is located in the Central Mediterranean, and most asylum-seekers enter the country following rescue at sea. Malta received 4,090 asylum applications in 2019, making it the EU country with the second-highest number of asylum applications per capita in 2019, following Cyprus.

In 2020, the main countries of origin of sea arrivals were Sudan, Bangladesh and Eritrea. The nationalities of people granted international protection were Libyan, Syrian and Somali.

UNHCR's main objectives in Malta are to monitor access to territory and reception conditions and advocate for an efficient and protection-sensitive asylum system and related policies. UNHCR also aims to improve durable solutions such as local integration opportunities and increase public awareness of refugees and asylum issues. UNHCR works closely with both governmental and non-governmental organisations in Malta to achieve these aims.

For information about our work in Malta:

  • Visit our country website - Malta (English)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

Contact Information

The UNHCR Country Office in Malta

Street Address:
52, Mountbatten Street, Hamrun, HMR 1574, Malta, HMR1574 Hamrun, Malta

Mailing Address:
Merlin House, Mountbatten Street 25, HMR1574 Hamrun, Malta

+356 2248 9400

+356 21222550

[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 1

Working Hours:
Monday: 9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 9:00 - 17:00
Friday: 9:00 - 17:00

Public Holidays:
01 January 2021, New Year's Day
10 February 2021, Saint Paul's Shipwreck
19 March 2021, Feast of St Joseph
31 March 2021, Freedom Day
02 April 2021, Good Friday
13 May 2021, Eid al-Fitr
20 July 2021, Eid-al-Adha
08 September 2021, Our Lady of Victories
24 December 2021, Christmas Day (in lieu of)
28 December 2021, Extra day during end of year