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As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.
w2eu.info – Welcome to Europe
This hyperlink –w2eu.info – leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries.
The Malta Refugee Council – Kunsill Malti għar-Refuġjati
The Malta Refugee Council is a network of Maltese non-governmental organisations working for the promotion of the fundamental human rights of persons in forced migration. The Council aims to advocate for legislation, policies and practices that are in accordance with Malta’s international obligations and best practice in the sector. It also seeks to foster an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of refugees.
Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is an international humanitarian organisation founded in 2013 as an innovative and technology-driven search and rescue (SAR) organisation in response to the Mediterranean maritime migration phenomenon. In August 2014, MOAS became the first non-governmental SAR organisation in the Central Mediterranean, providing a model for civil society search and rescue. MOAS is now dedicated to providing humanitarian aid and services to the most vulnerable people around the world. Since its inception, MOAS has reached hundreds of thousands of people through its activities.
Migrant Women Association Malta (MWAM)
The association is committed towards empowering migrant women to enable them to integrate within the society of the host country in order to attain their full potential. MWAM supports migrant, refugees and asylum-seeking women, who fall in the extremely vulnerable groups, offer professional, organizational and even emotional advice for those in need, and promote the personal empowerment of migrant, refugees and asylum-seeking women by achieving their integral development through the learning of new skills and knowledge that makes them aware and confident of their abilities.
Integra (founded 2004) is a non-profit organisation based in Malta, operating independently of any political, economic or religious affiliation at a global level. The Foundation’s vision is that of supporting inclusive, non-discriminating and non-disabling societies, where all individuals have the right to human dignity, freedom, respect and social justice. Their mission is to facilitate space for marginalised individuals and groups to be listened to and to have an active and meaningful say in their lives and well being on their own terms.
Kopin- Kooperazzjoni Internazzjonali
Kopin has been providing social and educational services to asylum seeking children and women since 2010. These services apply a child rights and human rights based approach and aim at empower their beneficiaries, who themselves are considered as key agents for social change and advancement. Kopin has been providing voluntary services for women and children, including unaccompanied minors, who are residing at Dar il-Liedna, an Open Centre in Fgura which is managed by the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers (AWAS). These services range from cultural orientation to English language classes, to afterschool homework support, food handling courses, CV writing training as well as recreational activities.
Furthermore, between 2011 and 2013, with the support of the European Refugee Fund (ERF), the UN High Commission for the Refugees’ Malta Office and the Embassy of the United States in Malta, Kopin had implemented the biggest support programme for refugee women on the Island, which had offered educational, vocational, social, recreational and capacity training services to over 200 refugee women in all Open Centres and the community. Thanks to the Julia Taft Refugee Fund and the continuous support of the US Embassy in Malta, Kopin has been providing services and training to both refugee women and to healthcare professionals in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Activities focus on the provision of training, tools, awareness raising and cultural orientation, and are being implemented in cooperation with Mater Dei Hospital, the Integra Foundation and other stakeholders. The financial support of Terre des Hommes (TdH) Netherlands, Kopin was able to set up the Maltese ‘branch’ of TdH Italy’s FARO Project, called Il-Fanal (Maltese for Lighthouse). Il-Fanal offers psycho-social support to asylum seeking minors who attend State Schools in Malta. In fact, the programme is being implemented in cooperation with the Student Services Department (SSD) as well as migrant learners’ support unit of the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE), with whom Kopin’s team coordinates its engagement in schools with high numbers of foreign students. Moreover, Kopin has also been partnering with all key stakeholders in the fight against & prevention of child trafficking, namely UNHCR, the Police Forces, Aġenzija Appoġġ, AWAS, as well as national and international civil society organisations. In collaboration with its partners Terre des Hommes Italy and the European Federation for Street Children, Kopin is providing anti-trafficking tools and training to frontline workers as well as services to potential and actual victims of child trafficking. In all its activities, Kopin is being supported by the Terre des Hommes International Federation, being its Strategic Partner in Malta. Furthermore, Kopin forms part of the Destination Unknown Campaign, which is a global alliance of civil society organisations who work for the rights of children who are on the move. Kopin is an active member of the informal network comprising all refugee support organisations in Malta as well as a partner of various Maltese key institutions in this field, such as AWAS, UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The People For Change Foundation
The People for Change Foundation (PfC) is a Malta-based human rights think tank with a Maltese, European and global scope. PfC provides evidence-based, independent, practical and creative ideas on the protection, respect and promotion of human rights in Malta and across the European Union. PfC can provide advice to asylum seekers and their lawyers, particularly those facing return to Malta under the Dublin II system. They are also in a position to refer asylum seekers to other entities that may be better able to assist in particular cases; and provide an online reporting system for racist incidents in Malta: www.reportracism-malta.org. PfC did not want their address posted on the website but they can be contacted through phone or email.
Contact person: Neil Falzon
Aditus was founded in 2011 by a group of young lawyers who made it their mission to monitor, report and act on human rights access in Malta. Our main activities include offering pro bono legal information and advice to refugees, both through community advocacy projects and aid to individual clients. For the latter, we make regular visits to detention facilities and welcome refugee clients at our offices. We focus primarily on the laws and government of Malta but also address the EU institutions, the UN, the Council of Europe and other relevant agencies. We remain in constant communication and cooperation with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental entities to maintain a comprehensive approach and to ensure that refugees know they can solicit our help.
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Malta
Contact Person: Dr Katrine Camilleri
Besides project based work in advocacy, social work services and awareness raising, JRS Malta also offers pastoral care to detainees and continues to advocate for their rights.
Organisation for Friend in Diversity
Tel +356 27034255
Fax: +356 99840896
The Organisation for Friendship in Diversity (OFD) is a small youth-led NGO working with children and adults from local and migrant communities, to foster a respect for diversity and promote social inclusion. Founded in early 2009, the objective of OFD’s members has been to help cultivate friendship amidst diversity through cultural understanding. As a forward looking and enthusiastic team, OFD is constantly working to improve its methods and develop new ways to challenge social stereotypes that lead to discrimination.