In the 1950s, the Malta Catholic Action founded the Malta Emigrants Commission to assist the Maltese who were seeking a new life away from our shores in other countries. The Maltese Migrants Centre operated from Palazzo Caraffa from 1963.
In 1971, Dar l-Emigrant was inaugurated. A year later, Malta accepted her first refugees upon the request of the UNHCR: 362 persons from Uganda. In 1987, the Commission became an official Operational Partner of the UNHCR.
Dar l-Emigrant has housed migrant and refugee services since. In the 1990s, various waves of migrants sought asylum in Malta: from Albania, ex-Yugoslavia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Commission was crucial in offering aid and in some cases with helping in their relocation to other countries.
The Commission continues this work today through running 14 residences that welcome migrants, offering legal aid to asylum seekers, and social assistance to those most in need.
In 2021, the Commission was renamed Migrants Commission, and renewed its commitment to serving migrants. Through collaboration with state agencies and international and local NGOs, the Migrants Commission seeks to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate all migrants in Malta.
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Knowing the stories of migrants, helps us to understand their struggles, joys, hopes and dreams. Be open to share your story too.
Prejudice leads to suspicion; mutual suspicion leads to hate. Do take the risk to encounter and win over the fear that builds walls instead of bridges.
Listen to the other and put yourself in their shoes. Mutual listening allows us to be reconciled as a community of neighbours on this land.
We are on the same boat. It is in everyone's interest to share and exchange in solidarity and fraternity gifts and talents. Spaces of hospitality make everyone a protagonist responsible to give their best.
Sharing space, struggles and material goods is not just a strain; it is also an opportunity for better strategies for growth. Sharing is the opportunity to multiply—not divide—our resources.
We live today to build tomorrow. Only through cooperation can we build a common home that lasts, offering our children a truly better future.