“Dispute over Malta’s cold shoulder for refugees,” by Christoph Hasselbach for the Deutsche Welle:
The Mediterranean island nation of Malta is the first destination for many refugees. Malta has been criticized by the EU for its efforts to keep the refugees out, but the rest of the EU may be part of the problem.
Recently, authorities in Malta were planning on sending a group of African refugees straight back to their country of departure, Libya, as soon as they arrived in Malta without checking for any possible asylum claims. Only a last-minute decision from the European Court of Human Rights prevented them from doing so.
The Maltese government was warned by the court that they were in violation of EU and international law if they denied refugees on Maltese soil the possibility of an asylum application. The court was also clear that preventing refugees from being sent back immediately did not mean they had a right to stay…