Watch: With whom were the immigration plans made? – Delia asks Muscat

Adrian Delia
Ian Noel Pace

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Leader of the Nationalist Party Adrian Delia demanded greater transparency from the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat about his immigration plans. Delia said that it remains unclear if the migration agreements with Italy were made in collaboration with the state or with the Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Delia was speaking at a press conference organised after the one held by the Office of the Prime Minister.

Delia said that if the agreement was made with the former Prime Minister and not the state, then this agreement could easily fall apart due to the change in Government. He emphasized that without clarity from the Prime Minister, Malta would not be able to come up with an efficient long-term strategy.

Delia reaffirmed the Opposition’s commitment to continue supporting the Government’s actions as long as they remain legal.

Delia doubts whether or not Malta is ready for this rapid influx of people. He said that Malta should give the appropriate humanitarian help at all times when needed. However, he stated that Malta’s immigration plans are not clear and questioned whether or not these are just one-off agreements.

Delia described the problem as a European problem rather than solely a Maltese one.

Earlier today, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that eight countries are willing to take in migrants that are currently onboard the Lifeline ship which is expected to arrive in Malta later today.

During an international press conference, Muscat said the countries which will be part of these arrangements will be Malta, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Belgium.