July 18, 2012

Boat Ride to Detention

Adult and Child Migrants in Malta

Summary
Recommendations
To the Government of Malta
To the Ministry of Home and Parliamentary Affairs
To the Malta Police, Immigration Section
To the Detention Services
To the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers
To the Office of the Refugee Commissioner
To the European Union
Methodology
I. Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Malta
Arduous Journey
Flight from Poverty, Persecution, War, and Violence
Asylum in Malta and International Burden Sharing
Maltese Institutions Responsible for Migrants
II. Automatic, Arbitrary Detention
Taken from Boats to Prolonged Detention
Lack of Capacity to Challenge Detention
Inadequate Justification for Detention
Detention without Realistic Prospect of Removal
III. Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children
Detention of Unaccompanied Migrant Children
Lengthy and Incomplete Age Determination Procedures That Prolong Detention
Lack of Legal Representation in Asylum Proceedings and in Challenging Detention
IV. Conclusion
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