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- May 20, 2011 at 11:40 am #341914
VALLETTA May 19 (Reuters) – A Maltese military patrol boat rescued a group of 320 migrants from a boat in distress some 20 miles (32 km) southeast of the Mediterranean island on Thursday.
A Maltese army spokesman said the migrants were being brought to Malta. The group includes Bangladeshis, Libyan, Egyptians and some from Mali. Most are thought to have worked Libya and fled the civil war there, the spokesman said.
The migrants were on a wooden 20-foot fishing boat which suffered engine failure and started drifting.
The rescue comes just a week after the European Union announced that EU member states had agreed to resettle 323 refugees who had fled to Malta.
The resettlement pledges were made by Poland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Hungary and Denmark as well as non-members Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.
The pledges came after Malta argued the influx of migrants following the unrest in North Africa was excessive for a small island. There are some 3,000 migrants who are beneficiaries of international protection in Malta. (Reporting by Chris Scicluna; Editing by Jon Hemming)
It makes me sick to see Europe (especially Poland) pledging to give even more tax money to more of this freeloaders and vultures from Africa. >May 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm #358056
Where is this world going dammit …
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