Author: Charles Buttigieg

It is now 50 years since Malta signed the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention, on June 17, 1971 and 20 years since Malta’s Refugee Commission came into being on June 18, 2001. It is therefore befitting to take the opportunity of World Refugee Day 2021, today, June 20, to go a bit down memory lane regarding Malta’s post-war refugee experience. From 1973, asylum-seeker cases in Malta used to be handled by the Emigrants’ Commission, led by Mgr Philip Calleja, through the commission’s healthy connections with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Then, on December 2, 1987, the Emigrants’ Commission…

Read More