3 nations offer to help Malta relocate 425 migrants

EU 'relieved' but more reliable system needed

08 June, 16:18

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 8 - A spokesperson for the European Commission said on Monday that three of the bloc's 27 member states had "expressed willingness" to help Malta after they were finally given permission to disembark on the island after being held on boats at sea for weeks. The spokesman noted that the EU was ''relieved'' and other member states were also being encouraged to "equally show their support" but that a more reliable system was needed such as the one being hashed out as part of a new migration and asylum pact.

    The new package is expected to be presented by the end of June but no date for its presentation has been announced. The three countries willing to take in some of the migrants disembarked on Malta are reportedly Portugal, France and Luxembourg. (ANSAmed).

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