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Malta’s President Criticised By New York Times Journalist For Calling Asylum Seekers ‘Burden’

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George Vella has come under fire by a New York Times journalist for referring to asylum seekers as a ‘burden’ in a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon.

The tweet was posted after George Vella visited the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). He praised the organisation for working in a comprehensive manner to address the issues of irregular migration.

 

However, his tweet was quickly criticised by New York Times correspondent Matina Stevis-Gridneff, who found fault with Vella’s use of the word “burden” in reference to asylum seekers.

Migration has been in the local news for a while. In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic Malta declared its ports unsafe for disembarkment and left 284 migrants stranded in Maltese waters.

Evarist Bartolo had previously described irregular migration as a “complex challenge” for Malta, and the Prime Minister had met with the Libyan government to discuss a migration plan to prevent an influx into Malta.

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