Malta and Germany swap refugees

The Times of Malta reports:

“All of us or Andreas Moser. Choose!”

A group o 152 sub-saharan Africans will be leaving Malta to embark on a new life in Germany on Tuesday.

All had arrived in Malta after the outbreak of the crisis in Libya. They are 43 men, 73 women and 36 children from Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Most of them already have family ties in Germany.

In recent months the refugees participated in “cultural orientation courses” and received information about life in Germany.

Basic German language courses were offered and the German community in Malta donated warm winter clothing.

The refugees will be flown to Nuremberg on a charter flight and from there they will be allocated to different areas in Germany.

Their first targets will be to learn German, take part in integration courses and find an appropriate job. During this transitional period they will be accommodated and financially supported.

In the last two years some 81,000 asylum seekers arrived in Germany. Some 300 refugees were relocated to Germany from Malta in recent years.

In return, Malta has agreed to accept one immigrant from Germany and I have volunteered to make this move to Malta.

Between all parties involved, the Republic of Malta, the Federal Republic of Germany, the African refugees and myself, I can’t help but think that I got the best deal out of this whole affair.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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10 Responses to Malta and Germany swap refugees

  1. Gilberto says:

    Clearly you did.

  2. s. wallerstein says:


    Since you’re generously sharing your life with your readers, perhaps I could ask a personal question.

    I get the impression from reading your blog that you’re not overly enthusiastic about Germany, your native land.

    Why is that?

    I have never been in Germany myself and in spite of my last name, I am not German.


  3. John Erickson says:

    I’d like to see a comparison of how the refugees are received in Malta (by the populace) in comparison with their often less-than-friendly reception in Italy (especially the island of Lampedusa).

  4. What swap and your first priority will also learn Maltese :) because not everyone speaks English there 88% is not 100% and you’ll also need to get into a integration course which I am sure you’re going do.
    And perhaps find an appropriate job.

  5. AS a white person, I am sure you ‘ll get accepted by the Maltese right away.
    @anaalvesvintagegirl Most people speak English here and I am sure there is no need to learn Maltese. What most Maltese call integration here is ‘becoming white’ as the problem is not that refugees won’t integrate because most of them speak Maltese or English and try their best. THere are English who emigrated to Malta over twenty years ago and can’t speak a word in English but Maltese do not have a problem with them ‘integrating’ . It is a racist problem that we have here – MAny call it xenophobic but what i’ve seen is clearly racist. It is getting better as only a minority are racist and these are usually the uneducated who think Malta is the best country in the world- These are those who never travelled and judge through what they see in the media.

    • Klaus Pedersen says:

      Hi Christine
      True. And if you need any proof, try posting your comment on the Times of Malta instead and see what happens. I should add: I wouldn’t dare doing it myself.

    • @ Klaus – I do so all the time so they already point me out as one who sticks up for the refugees. And it is always the same black haters -who comment back – I am currently doing my Masters thesis on Maltese perceptions on migration and migrants in Malta. It’s more of the lack of knowledge that Maltese have here that leads them to such understandings.

  6. Joseph Cini says:

    Hey Klaus Pedersen and Christine X :there is racism often accompanied with violence in all civilized, white countries… (Just look at Lampedusa’s recent reaction, even though the arrivals there are quickly whisked away to the mainland and disappear forever) Malta is just another..why are you surprised and appalled? Maybe what you vehemently call racism and hatred is in fact unease and insecurity brought about by many factors outside the control and comprehension of the average Maltese is it not reasonable for a Maltese to feel their tiny island is being overrun by different people from a very proximate and huge continent? And that no one cares enough to assist apart from the occasional doling out of 30 pieces of silver? The fact that you can’t understand the simple logic behind the assertion that the Maltese don’t perceive other Europeans as a threat clearly indicates your anti Maltese prejudice I’m afraid.
    The long suffering people of Malta, I for one, remember all too clearly the personal, entrenched, institutional hatred and racism towards US in our own country – those same people are now calling us racist! (I’ll be very pleased to elaborate at great length anytime).
    Christine, I’ll be pleased to share with you, if you wish, for the purposes of your studies, what i believe to be the complicated historical and other aspects that have and are influencing current Maltese attitudes and behavior towards ANY foreigners.

  7. ibraahim saed says:

    eurpe is better than africa

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