Maltese President refers to asylum seekers as a burden; NY Times journalist responds

Maltese President George Vella has irked a New York Times Journalist in his latest tweet, by referring to asylum seekers as a ‘burden’.

On Tuesday afternoon, Maltese President George Vella tweeted about his visit to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), where he reiterated that the principle of solidarity needs to prevail within the European Union to ensure a just distribution of the burden.

This was not met well by Matina Stevis-Gridneff, a New York Times journalist and Brussels Correspondent. She remarked that the ‘burden’ which Vella mentioned “picks your fruit, serves your coffee, cleans your house & looks after your elderly parents.” 

She added that if you give the ‘burden’ opportunities, it saves your kid’s life, argues your case in court, invents something useful. Spreading the “burden” sounds like a good policy, the journalist concluded.