‘We’re discussing ways to take stress off of frontline states’ – Minister

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A threshold mechanism will implemented to help alleviate stress on European Member States on the frontline of migration, Malta’s Interior Minister Michael Farrugia has said.

This was one of the proposals discussed during today’s Ministerial Meeting on Migration held in Malta today, with the Interior Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, and Malta.

This proposal which will be presented to the rest of EU outlines recommendations for member states to volunteer as countries of disembarkation and relocation.

Fielding questions from the media, Minister Farrugia explained that it was fair that more European member states should participate more actively in the process.

The Minister also said that if there was evidence of a ‘pull-factor’ observed from the search and rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean, the mechanism would be halted and subsequently revised.

On the topic of the migrant rescue NGOs, Farrugia explained that the ministers had been looking into how the vessels would be controlled and possibly regulated. This could possibly involve regulation from the state the vessel is flagged to as well as the issuing of licenses for only vessels capable of carrying out Search and Rescue.