Malta: irregular migration crackdown, 165 arrests in a month

Raids are strategy against illegal migrants, interior minister

26 September, 15:47

    (ANSAmed) - VALLETTA, SEPT 26 - Police in Malta, supported by officers of the Detention Service, carried out on Monday morning the fifth raid against undocumented migrants organized in just over a month in the areas with the highest number of foreigners of the country. On Monday, 25 people from India, Bangladesh, Syria and Colombia were arrested in the areas of Paola and Fgura, in addition to operations carried out in Marsa (27 arrests at the beginning of August, an additional 49 last week), Gozo (24 apprehended on August 21) and Hamrun (40 arrested on September 16) for a total of 165 arrests.

    Interior Minister Byron Camilleri has announced that further inspections have been scheduled on Malta and Gozo. "In this way - he declared - authorities are continuing to fight illegal immigration as part of a strategy made of prevention, returns and reallocations". Camilleri added that the people arrested will be sent back to their home country.(ANSAmed).

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