Malta has experienced a drop in irregular boat arrivals coming from Libya when compared with previous years, according to statistics compiled by the UN Refugee Agency Office in Malta.
More than 260 people have died or been reported missing as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe over the past ten days.
The UN refugee agency on Friday called for European nations to do more to help Syrian refugees who are trying in growing numbers to reach the safety of Europe.
The UN refugee agency today issued a new global strategy aimed at helping countries move away from the detention of asylum seekers, refugees and stateless people worldwide.
This week millions of European Union citizens will choose who is in charge in Europe for the next five years. However, hundreds of thousands of stateless persons will not have their voice heard, even though many of them were born and raised in the EU.
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said it was deeply saddened at a rising death toll from boat accidents in the Mediterranean Sea this year as increasing numbers of asylum-seekers and refugees make the journey on unseaworthy boats, often at the hands of ruthless smugglers.