More children facing deportation – reports

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Another 19 children whose parents are non-Eu nationals and who live and work in Malta are facing eviction since their families do not earn enough ‘to care for them’, according to Identity Malta. Following up on an earlier story run by the Sunday Times and Newsbook.com.mt, when 22 children were about to be deported, The Times now reports that a further 19 children are facing the same fate since their parents did not satisfy the financial requirements of a policy which requires third-country nationals to earn €19,000 a year, as well as €3,800 extra for each child.

Over 3,000 persons signed a petition started by Newsbook.com.mt to keep the children in Malta. The signatories included President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia, Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi and several MPs and MEPs.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna interceded for the children with government pleading for them to be able to stay in Malta.

PL Leadership hopeful Chris Fearne too spoke warmly of the issue, evincing a belief that the case would be solved.

The Times said that the total number of children facing eviction has now grown to 41 and all their families will be appealing the cases. The children will be able to stay in the country until their case is decided.  All the families involved received letters from Identity Malta informing them of the decision taken.

The group of children facing eviction are predominantly Serbs, but there are also Ukrainians, Filipinos and Macedonians. Some of the families are just a few hundred euros off the benchmark since Identity Malta does not take into account bonuses, overtime, etc.

Julia Farrugia Portelli, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship, two weeks ago said that Identity Malta applied a more lenient formula when it came to assessing the parents’ earnings, which measures their income against a figure closer to the minimum wage.