Psychologists launch appeal to local authorities

The Sunday Times of Malta

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Chamber of Pshycologists has objected the decision taken by Identity Malta that denied the residential permit to 22 children. It launched an appeal for the Maltese authorities to have mercy on these families.

On Sunday morning, The Sunday Times of Malta revealed that 22 children are threatened with expulsion from Malta by the government agency of Identity Malta because their parents do not satisfy the financial requirements of a policy. This policy requires third-country nationals to earn €19,000 a year, as well as €3,800 extra for each child. The figures do not include bonuses or overtime. The story led Newsbook.com.mt to start an online petition which gained over 3,000 signatures in just 24 hours. Archbishop Charles Scicluna also started discussions with the Government.

The chamber asked the authorities to understand that some of these families have been part of the Maltese communities for many years. According to the chamber, this decision does not protect the children’s rights and not even the families’ rights. It also said that if these children are separated from their families, this can leaved traumatic and detrimental affects on the whole family, especially the children themselves.

Another nine NGOs have also launched an appeal to the government, so it takes back the decision it took. The same appeal was done by President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

In the meantime, Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli insisted that the laws are thought out in such a way that they guarantee a decent life to all members of the family, including children. During a press conference she clarified the situation and explained that Identity Malta makes use of a “kinder” formula than that imposed by the law when it comes to granting working and living permits to foreigners.