Malta to welcome 141 Aquarius migrants

Guglielmo Mangiapane / SOS Mediterranée

The Maltese Government will allow the Aquarius dock in Malta following discussions with France.

In a press release, the Maltese authorities are stating that they will give the Aquarius permission to enter its ports, despite having no legal obligation to do so.

Malta will serve as base for the 141 migrants on board the vessel. They will then be transferred to France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Spain would take 60 migrants from Aquarius.

According to reports which appeared in the French press, France would take 60 migrants from Aquarius while Portugal would take 30 migrants from Aquarius and the other boat rescued on Monday.

Maltese authorities have already rescued another 114 migrants on Monday, 60 of whom will be transferred to other EU states.

Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee are the two NGOs running the Aquarius.

The Labour Party in a reaction said that it welcomed the Maltese Government’s efforts to find a solution. The PL stressed that there was no room for extremists elements to take over while urging for national unity on the subject of migration.