Training for NGOs:
Asylum System and Human Rights of Persons in
Forced Migration in Malta and beyond

What is refugee status? Why does Malta detain asylum-seekers? Are refugee babies born in Malta automatically Maltese citizens? Where are the open centres? What is life like for refugees in Malta?

The Malta Refugee Council has launched a project aiming to increase its impact when advocating for the fundamental human rights of persons in forced migration. With the support of the US Embassy in Malta and Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF), the the Council will organise 3 training sessions for its members and other interested NGOs.

The trainings will focus on Malta’s asylum regime, including: search and rescue, detention, open centres, the asylum procedure, and integration. We will engage in discussions on policy and practice in order to identify areas where advocacy and interventions are needed.

Should I participate?

Of course! Through the trainings you’ll be able to:

  • Acquire thorough knowledge on the functioning of legal standards, procedures and current developments in the field of asylum and migration at national and international levels;
  • Participate in a discussion on the topic with leading local experts; and 
  • Exchange and network with NGOs working to promote the human rights of people in forced migration

Who is delivering the trainings?

The trainings will be delivered by Neil Falzon (aditus foundation), Katrine Camilleri (JRS Malta) and Maria Pisani (Integra Foundation and Department of Youth and Community Studies, University of Malta). The approach will be participatory and engaging!

When are the trainings?

We are organising 3 sessions, all from 8.30 - 13.00:

  • 17 February will introduce participants to all the different steps in the asylum process in the Maltese context - from the access to territory and places of detention through the types of asylum procedures procedures (regular, prioritized and fast-tracking) and its possible outcomes. It will further examine the functionality of Malta's asylum seeker reception system ​(e.g., open centres).

  • 16 March Training Session will present processes and practices through which people in forced migration are supported to exit the reception system and reintegrate into the local community. Attention will be paid to the local stakeholders involved, as well as the challenges faced by undocumented persons or those whose asylum applications have been rejected or are manifestly unfounded.

  • 20 April Training Session will be devoted to the international dimension of migration and asylum law and policy. In particular, the session will discuss the changing architecture of EU regulations and policies related to the migration and asylum process in the EU. It will take a close look at the Migration and Asylum Pact, the role of its enforcement agencies and what this means for Malta.

Some details...

  • Participation is free-of-charge 
  • Registration opens at 8:30 am 
  • Refreshments & Snacks are at our expense
  • First come first served to REGISTER NOW!
  • Venue is: Jesuit Refugee Service – Malta is a 1 minute walk from Sarrija Bus Stop, Triq Sarria, Floriana. 

Need more info? Just get in touch right away!


Established with the kind support of the Dutch Refugee Council