Stand-off ends in Malta: Illegal migrants force disembarkment by threatening the crew… all four boats carrying 425 illegal immigrants to dock in Malta.
* If the crew was threatened, those responsible should have been arrested immediately; instead, they will most likely be ‘awarded’ with transfers to France or other EU states.
So this is how it ends…surrendering to the demands of the illegals, not exactly the message one wants to send when looking to stop the flow to Europe.
– There was a protest by the illegals. According to one of MaltaToday’s source, the situation on the Europa II was becoming worrying for the crew.
“Except for the captain’s cabin, the migrants are threatening to commandeer the ship. They obviously outnumber the crew and security… they threatened to burn the boat down since they have access to the kitchen as well as any utensils inside. If any trouble ensues aboard the ship, the captain will probably steer the boat to shore,” the source said.
“This decision was taken after the situation on these ships became very difficult and a commotion erupted,” the government statement said.
Malta still insists that the illegals should be redistributed among EU member states, but so far only France and Portugal have offered to take some.
– The Maltese government claims the asylum process will be speeded up in the case of those migrants coming from safe countries. In these cases, if the asylum application is rejected, the person will be returned to the country of origin in a few days,” the government said.
The Maltese government is still carrying out intensive negotiations on relocation. The asylum process will be speeded up in the case of those migrants coming from safe countries. In these cases, if the asylum application is rejected, the person will be returned to the country of origin in a few days,” the government said.
Where have we heard this before? We just have no confidence that the illegals will be returned.
** The EU Commission said it will try to convince other member states to relocate the transferred migrants from Africa.
But who in their right mind would want to relocate the illegals, who threatened crew members, to their country?