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The police have confirmed they will press charges against a landlord who was illegally housing six migrants in a building in Ħal Tarxien.
“On the 17th August 2018, the police found six immigrants allegedly residing in an unlicensed premises,” a police spokesperson told Lovin Malta. “The place was evacuated and charges against the owner will be issued accordingly.”
The incident, which occurred only a few days after around 120 migrants were evacuated from a cowshed in Qormi, was first flagged a few weeks ago by PN Tarxien councillor Lawrence Bonavia.
“Do you remember what happened in Qormi?” Bonavia told a political activity in his hometown. “Well, a similar incident happened in Tarxien a few days later but it went unreported. Several police cars surrounded a building in Tarxien and evacuated foreigners from it. All of a sudden, we had people standing in the village square with their suitcases and sleeping in our gardens.”
The situation sheds more light on the dark side of Malta’s booming economy, which Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has admitted requires an influx of foreign workers to keep spinning. Lovin Malta has asked the police how many of these evacuations have been carried out so far this year and how many people have been prosecuted but our questions have not been answered as of the time of writing.