Pietà Mayor Keith Tanti voiced his concerns on immigration to Lovin Malta after being seen at an anti-immigration protest held in Ħamrun.
The mayor indicated that he attended the protest to hear the concerns of residents in the area as he will be contesting the next general election in the first district.
While he feels that the government is doing its utmost in handling immigration, the issue “is a top concern for residents, especially in Ħamrun and Marsa,” he commented.
“At the height of the pandemic when Health Authorities said not to congregate in groups of five or six, I would receive photos from locals of immigrants in large groups,” he remarked.
Tanti emphasised that added security is needed in these areas through increased police presence, and more relocation efforts ought to be put into place.
The protest was organised by Ħamrun residents who are concerned about the influx of migrants in their localities.
Immigration has been a hot topic over the past few months after Malta closed its ports in March and placed migrants on a harbour cruise flotilla.
While ports have since reopened, concern has been raised after 65 migrants tested positive for COVID-19 after entering into Malta.