Lifeline: Economic migrants will be deported

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Ian Noel Pace

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Immigrants who arrived in Malta on board Lifeline on Wednesday and will be found to be economic migrants will return home, according to a Government spokeswoman.

In a comment to Newsbook.com.mt, the Government added that the process to see who is entitled to asylum is currently taking place.

Economic migrants are persons fleeing the country to find a better standard of living and not because they are in a life-threatening situation.

When asked by Newsbook.com.mt on when migrants will be distributed to the 9 European countries, they explained that there is still no hint.

She explained that only those who are seeking asylum will be distributed among countries. The countries which will assist Malta in taking the majority of these migrants are Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal and Norway.

The spokeswoman did not confirm how many immigrants will remain in Malta, while the Democratic Party said that Malta would keep just two.