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Title: Domestic and European response to irregular migration : Malta’s moral dilemma 2002-2016
Other Titles: Public Life in Malta III : papers on governance, politics and public affairs in the EU’s smallest member state
Authors: Vassallo, Mario Thomas
Cachia, Jean Claude
Keywords: International travel regulations -- European Union countries
International travel regulations -- Malta
Freedom of movement -- European Union countries
Freedom of movement -- Malta
Immigrants -- European Union countries
Immigrants -- Malta
European Union countries -- Emigration and immigration
Malta -- Emigration and immigration
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: University of Malta. Department of Public Policy
Citation: Vassallo, M. T., & Cachia, J. C. (2020). Domestic and European response to irregular migration : Malta’s moral dilemma 2002-2016. In M. T. Vassallo & C. Tabone (Eds.), Public Life in Malta III : papers on governance, politics and public affairs in the EU’s smallest member state (pp. 47-74). Malta: University of Malta. Department of Public Policy.
Abstract: This paper focusses on Malta’s political response to the phenomenon of irregular migration framed within an international context characterised by exponentially rising numbers of displaced people due to wars, famine and economic instability. Given its pivotal geopolitical position in the central Mediterranean region, Malta provides a rich narrative on the different strategies adopted by politicians and policy-makers in trying to solve, or at least reduce, damage resulting from the migratory flows that are now prevalent all year round. This study examines how the main political parties managed to neutralise the potential popularity of radical, small parties by endorsing some populist choices, including long-term detention policies and very slow migrants’ integration schemes. These actions caused political and legal complications with the United Nations Refugee Agency, the European Commission and the European Court of Human Rights. Nonetheless, they are concurrently instrumental in keeping the Maltese voters loyal to mainstream political parties without causing a shift in support in favour of radical parties.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/58794
ISBN: 9789995717551
Appears in Collections:Public Life in Malta : papers on governance, politics and public affairs in the EU’s smallest member state : Vol. 3 / 3

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