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Migration and Asylum in Malta and the European Union This book is the end result of a research project and two seminars held between January 2010 and January 2011 with the assistance of the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Programme. The aim of the project was to document the legal, policy, political and social issues relating to migration into the EU, and especially into Malta, and to trace the experience of the irregular immigrant through his or her journey 'to Europe' from his or her country of origin, to his or her landing in Malta and then his or her subsequent experience and status. The primary aim of  the publication of this collection of papers is to make available as a matter of record and analysis the difficulties faced by the immigrant, but also in the context of those faced by Malta as a small peripheral island State in addressing the phenomenon of irregular migration (often ‘illegal’ immigration from a national law perspective).

Migration and Asylum in Malta and the European Union: Rights and Realities 2002 to 2011, (384 pp) is edited by Professor Peter Xuereb (Head of Department, European & Comparative Law, University of Malta) and has a foreword by Professor Henry Frendo (Chairman, Refugee Appeals Board, Malta).

The other contributors are:

  • Isabelle Calleja Ragonesi (Head of the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta)
  • Paul James Cardwell (Deputy Head of School at the University of Sheffield and Deputy Director of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law (SCIEL)
  • Daniela DeBono (teaches Contemporary Migration Studies, Contemporary European Studies, and Global Citizenship at the University of Sussex and the University of Connecticut in London)
  • Alison Gatt (has worked on immigration policy as an officer at the Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs in Malta)
  • Cristina Josefina Gortazar Rotaeche (Professor of International Law, European Law and International Relations and Director of the University Institute for Migration Studies at the Comillas Pontifical University)
  • Elspeth Guild (Jean Monnet Professor ad personam in law at the Radboud University, Netherlands and professor of law at Queen Mary University of London)
  • Derek Lutterbeck (Deputy Director and holder of the Swiss Chair at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) at the University of Malta)
  • Patricia Mallia (Head of the International Law Department in the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta)
  • Charles Pace (Social policy course coordinator and developer at the University of Malta)
  • Paul Pace (Senior lecturer in the Department of Moral Theology of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. Former Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta)
  • Maria Pisani (Coordinator of the Integra Foundation. Former head of office for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Malta)
  • Saviour Rizzo (Former director of the Centre for Labour Studies at the University of Malta)
  • Ivan Sammut (Senior lecturer in the Department of European and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta
  • Mariya Shisheva (Doctoral researcher in International Studies at the University of Trento, Italy)
  • Robert Suban (Assistant lecturer within the Department of Banking & Finance of the University of Malta. He co-authored Malta’s National Report for the 2010 European Migration Network’s Study on Satisfying Labour Demand through Migration)
  • Martin Watson (Owner and manager of the consultancy SW Visions SPRL. He previously worked as the Director of Advocacy and Communications at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles).
From the Preface:  ‘The need has long been felt for a scholarly book that presented an overview of the law and policy at all relevant levels – international, European and national. For all of these levels interact. The successes or failures at any one level dictate the outcome at any other level, and enable one to understand better the dynamics that go into producing policy at each level. What appears to be a failure at one level, say the national level, may indeed be the reflection of a failure at another level. In Malta, we would say that the failure of our European partners to react in time to our pleas for solidarity and assistance contributed in no small measure to certain negative responses in Maltese society, sadly even towards the migrants themselves. It was even possible for some to persuade others that the European Union’s claims to be a solidary organization were not as full as they seemed to be on paper.  A main objective of this book is therefore to explain to the readership the dynamics that constrain all the major actors at all levels, including of course the Maltese authorities and the institutions of the European Union, but also to critique the policies that have been framed, and the manner of their implementation (or lack of it), and to make recommendations for the future. While the book traces the Maltese and European experience over the first decade of the millennium, it does so in order that the second decade be different from the first.'

From the Foreword: 'Finally we can have a broad general and critical discussion of topics relating to immigration and asylum here, bound in between two hard covers, taking into account varying aspects, interests, perspectives and interpretations, making of this volume an original contribution to knowledge, and one of very considerable contemporary relevance.'

The book which sells for 35 euro is available from leading bookshops or from For further information please contact Malta University Press, Tel: +356 2340 3448 or email.

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