We know that refugees in Malta – for that is what they are – are treated like animals.
Reception facilities are apparently stretched to their limits. They’re clearly underfunded, under-resourced and being pushed to breaking point. The Armed Forces of Malta and Maltese society more broadly see these refugees as a drain on the Maltese economy.
This is not the refugees’ fault. This is the result of poor budgeting and government policy.
A socialist government would funnel €5000 a day into better conditions for those fleeing war-torn or economically deprived countries.
€5000 a day would help the growing numbers of poverty stricken Maltese who, like refugees, are often forced to sleep rough and beg.
€5000 a day would go a long way to supporting the growing precariat on the island.
€5000 a day could have been used to bolster Malta’s health system instead of selling it off to private interests in backroom deals.
€5000 a day would keep students from having to attend lessons in pop-up classrooms.
But Malta’s Prime Minister thinks €5000 a day would have been better placed in Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri’s pockets.
As former MEP Ana Gomes said at the Second Anniversary of Daphne’s assassination: this is not a socialist government. Disabuse yourselves of the notion that the current administration is anything more than a Mafia-clan, scrabbling to survive under intense international scrutiny and pressure, pouring thousands of euros into social media marketing campaigns in an attempt to convince you everything is hunky dory.
It’s a wonder the Maltese didn’t join the refugees in rioting. Certainly that’s what’s happening in Lebanon, China, Catalonia, and other places.
They’re all connected by the same issues: corruption, inequality, climate change and freedom of speech.
There’s a trend here, and Malta needs to cop on.