51 of the immigrants who entered Maltese ports aboard the ship Lifeline made their way to France today.
This was announced in a tweet by the French embassy in Malta, in which photos of immigrants ready to board the plane were shared.
#Malte aéroport de #LaValette :
Opération de relocalisation en France des 51 demandeurs d’#asile du #Lifeline.
Prêts pour l'embarquement avec les agents de l'OFII et de la DGEF.
Arrivée à #Roissy dans 3 heures.
L’OFII au plus près des #migrants » pic.twitter.com/6nbYOdtYFa
— Office Français de l’Immigration et Intégration (@OFII_France) July 5, 2018
In a separate tweet, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat explained that the aforementioned is part of an agreement ad hoc between 9 countries.
He remarked that responsibility sharing and sending immigrants back to their country can be done in a humane and effective manner.
First group of persons from #Lifeline left #Malta for #France as part of ad hoc agreement between 9 countries. Responsibility sharing and returns are possible and can be done in a humane and effective manner -JM @EU_Commission @FranceinMalta pic.twitter.com/P5AWqd88Nq
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) July 5, 2018
Photos: DOI – Omar Cammilleri