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Migrants in legal no-man’s-land

Migrants who were denied humanitarian protection were being left in a legal no man’s land because of various laws, Parliament’s Family Affairs Committee was told this evening. Many such migrants could not leave Malta, with the government unable to repatriate them or send them to other countries due to political and logistical difficulties and laws denying them the right to any form of travel document. The laws also denied these people any opportunity of obtaining permanent residence in Malta or of benefiting from any social or unemployment benefits, despite National Insurance contributions being deducted from their wages when they found a job. These were some of the concerns raised by Emigrant’s Commission head Mgr Philip Calleja in the course of the committee meeting. Mgr Calleja argued that a double standard was being applied to beneficiaries of subsidiary protection. Of the 6,700 individuals granted such protection since 2002, some 1,500 had been resettled in other countries. But while those lucky enough to be resettled could obtain citizenship and travel rights from their new host country, the 5,500 other protected migrants who remained in Malta had no such… timesofmalta.com http://www.allplacedout.com/migrants-in-legal-no-mans-land/

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