3 APRIL 2024

Highlights from our Second Training Session!

Held a few weeks after the first session, the second training took place on 16 March 2024 and brought together members of the Malta Refugee Council as well as representatives of other local NGOs.

The first part of the day kicked off with a reflection on the Malta Refugee Council Code of Conduct. Led by Maria Pisani, former director of the Integra Foundation and Head of Youth and Community Studies (University of Malta), this part centred around the concepts of diversity, bias and discrimination.

Building on this ethical discussion, participants took part in a group exercise led by David Baldacchino, social worker at JRS Malta. The group exercise demonstrated different steps of the asylum procedure through identity documents. With the documents, participants navigated Malta’s asylum process: police registration, registration of asylum applications, appeals for asylum cases and others. Attendees actively participated in discussions revolving around the complexity of the asylum system.

The focus then shifted to looking at case studies of people seeking international protection, shedding light on who does and does not qualify for refugee status, as defined in the 1951 Refugee Convention. Katrine Camilleri, Director of JRS Malta, presented the circumstances and criteria under which a person is defined as a ‘refugee’.

Katrine’s insights paved the way for an engaging discussion that unpacked legal notions of well-founded fear and persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

The training concluded with a presentation by Neil Falzon, Director of aditus foundation, on the possible long-term solutions that can follow the legal processes of determining asylum status. Neil provided participants with valuable insights into citizenship, long-term residence, resettlement and return.

In summary, the second training served as an extension of our first session, offering more practical thinking and activities. These are the building blocks needed for the next session (20 April 2024) which will look at the international dimension of Malta’s asylum law and policy.

We are waiting for you there! Contact us if you have any questions!

The training series is organised within the framework of the ‘Empowering Malta Refugee Council Project’, with the support of the U.S. Embassy Valletta, Maltaand the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF).


Established with the kind support of the Dutch Refugee Council