Refugee Stories

The first thing most Maltese people hear about in connection with asylum seekers and forcibly displaced people arriving in Malta is how many of them are reaching our shores. Very often this is the only thing we hear about.

We almost never have the opportunity to hear, first hand, what it really means to be fleeing from your homeland, sometimes fearing for your life or not knowing whether loved ones have survived other untold hardships.

Rarely do we hear the story of an individual seeking refuge and safety in Malta. And yet each person has their own story of hardship, anguish, hope and faith. This page is dedicated to those who have agreed to tell their stories. Names have been changed to protect privacy.

A Selection of Stories

  • "On the 1st of October, 2004, we arrived in Malta from Libya after four days in a boat. The police took us to detention in Floriana..." Read on...
  • "I arrived in Malta in June of 2012. After spending some months in detention, I was sent to Hal Far Open Centre..." Read on...
  • "It's hard to separate from our family.  Nobody wants to do that, unless they are forced to..." Read on...
  • "I never planned to leave my home.  I prefer to live at home, but the political situation and the conflict made it impossible..."  Read on...
  • "I am writing  in a crowded area among almost 90 persons, having a space difference between us of not more than five cm..."  Read on...

 

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