I believe they should win the appeal; it’s strong – Fearne

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne said he trusts that in exercising their right to appeal, the parents will win the case of the 22 migrant children being threatened with deportation. 

He stated this during a LIVE interview on Newsbook.com.mt, where he was interviewed by Fr Joe Borg. Several people also sent in their questions.

Chris Fearne is contesting to be the leader of the Labour Party (PL).

The Sunday Times of Malta had broken the story. It had reported that a group of non-EU families residing in Malta have been told by Identity Malta they can no longer keep their children here, since they do not have enough money to sustain them. Government policy mandates that parents should have an annual salary of €19,000 and an extra €3,800 annually for each child. These numbers do not include bonuses or allowances. This led to Newsbook.com.mt‘s petition, which was signed 3,000 times in just 24 hours.

Fearne stated that children should never get caught up in administrative and political matters. He sustained that this is not a political issue, but rather administrative. He said that he understands that they are being given the chance to exercise their right to appeal, and that he understands that the appeal must be strong to be won. He stated that the administrative process takes time, but that it’s possible for the matter to be resolved in this manner.

“We need to be realistic in terms of the Maltese workforce”

Fearne added that we must be realistic in terms of accepting foreigners joining the Maltese workforce. He explained that there are laws that regulate who gets to live and work in Malta. He referred to the law as Regulation 12, which essentially regulates the country’s population size.

He stated that decisions must be made so as to stop certain people from living in Malta. Despite this, he remarked that children should never fall victim to these kinds of laws.