UNHCR and the European Parliament Information Office have today presented their joint publication #knowthefacts – a booklet with information and statistics on asylum and migration in Malta, Europe and beyond.
UNHCR welcomes the Prime Minister’s statement which indicates an end to detention of children asylum seekers in Malta. We consider this to be a positive signal that the Government is prepared to make important adjustments to the current reception system.
A report published by UNHCR and aditus foundation presents settlement and integration realities from the perspective of refugees, as well as from the viewpoint of personnel within public services in Malta.
The UN refugee agency has issued a report presenting a sharp rise in asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries over the course of last year, driven primarily by the crisis in Syria.
The disturbance which occurred in Lyster Barracks Detention Centre this week does not come as a surprise to UNHCR as it is an inevitable consequence of Malta’s detention system, which puts asylum-seekers and other irregular and undocumented migrants behind bars in the same facilities, at times for lengthy periods of time.
Photographs can offer unique perspectives and raise awareness more effectively than any collection of facts and statistics. History has shown that even a single image can contribute to altering perceptions and bring about change.