Transferred migrants soon heading to Spain

Image still from Proactiva Open Arms of the radio broadcast showing the announcement of the transfer of 11 migrants to Malta

The migrants who arrived in Malta this morning, will soon be transferred to Spain.

Following an agreement reached between the Spanish and Maltese governments, the 11 migrants, 2 males and 9 minors, will leave for Spain after their clearance to travel is granted.

The migrants had spent 9 days on board the Spanish trawler, the Nuestra Madre de Loreto, after it had rescued them off the coast of Libya.

The Spanish authorities instructed the vessel to head to Malta, the nearest safe port.

An AFM patrol boat was then dispatched to the vessel, 13 nautical miles off of the Maltese islands, transferring them to Haywharf.

It is understood that diplomatic talks between Malta and Spain allowed for the transfer to take place.

In a statement following the migrants successful transfer to Malta, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo said, ‘From the beginning, the government has worked to ensure the boat, which is in international waters, goes to a safe and nearby port,’