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About the Speech:

One of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries in the EU has, for the past decade and a half, come face to face with the irregular immigration phenomenon without hardly ever being the intended country of destination. Since 2002, the central Mediterranean archipelago of Malta has experienced a continuous influx of asylum seekers and irregular migrants. Minister Abela illustrated Malta’s experience as one of the EU’s southernmost border posts and also provided insights into Malta’s recently-published National Strategy for the Reception of Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants. He also argued that this is the time for the EU to move beyond crisis control and nationalistic entrenchment and instead make progress on all aspects of a comprehensive approach to the issue.


About the Speaker:

Carmelo Abela is the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security of Malta. He was first elected to Parliament in 1996 and was Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives from June 2003 to May 2010. Between April 2013 and December 2014, he served as Government Party Whip and Government Spokesperson. In September 2013 he was elected as Regional Representative on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He was also Malta’s Head Of Delegation at the Inter-Parliamentary Union and a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.