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Links 1 through 1 of 1 by Latoya Peterson tagged malta

"In July, Malta was criticized after 27 of 55 people rescued during a joint operation were returned to Libya. The Maltese government maintains that the 27 people 'volunteered' to be sent back, a claim the UNHCR spokesperson in Rome called 'not credible and scarcely realistic.' In retaliation, Libya shut down the UNHCR office, further limiting the agency's ability to assist asylum seekers. The immigrant influx poses a challenge for Malta, an island nation of 400,000. At the peak of migration in 2008, 84 boats carrying 2,775 people landed here or were brought in after rescue. Despite Malta's unique blend of Arab, Italian and British influence, it remained relatively insular until it joined the European Union in 2004, which coincided with an increase in the number of asylum seekers from Africa after outbreaks of violence in Somalia, Eritrea and the Sudan."

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