Auberge d’Aragon, the 15 December 2017 are the location and date the government chose to launch its integration policy aimed at tackling the difficult issue of integration of migrants in the society.
A Short document was produced and made available to the public . In its introduction, one can read that “The migrant integration strategy” creates a framework for understanding a successful integration through the level of the migrants’ own sense of belonging to Maltese society and the space Maltese society allows for such integration in its different sectors and strata.”
A Pre-integration certificate issued to the migrants who make it through the stage 1
In practice, an integration itinerary called “I belong” can be used by all migrants leaving in Malta who express the desire to take actively part in the society.
The programme includes all migrants leaving in Malta, namely EU citizens, Third country nationals, asylum seekers, failed asylum seekers, and all the people enjoying international protection.
If interested, a migrant has to make a formal request that will set in motion the process offered by the government.
Its a two-step-process that starts with the Stage 1 concluded by a “Pre -integration certificate”. It consists of :
-Accredited Maltese language classes (MQF Level 1)
-Accredited English language classes( MQF Level 1)
-Basic cultural and societal orientation(MQF !)
-A record of assessment of qualifications, trade, work experience ans skills.
This entails basic Maltese and English as well as knowledge about Maltese constitution and laws, institutional set-up, equality and non discrimination, customs.
The stage 2 qualifies for legal permanence residency in Malta, if the migrant is compliant with Identity Malta,( Failed asylum seekers are unlikely to go through this second stage for example, unless there is a change in their status) and pending the successful outcome of stage 1.
This second stage consists of a course of one hundred hours about social, economic, cultural an democratic history of Malta, and a pass mark of at least 65% in Maltese at MQF Level2.
Interventions during the ceremony:
Dr Colin Calleja: “It’s a good step to eradicating disadvantage and marginalization, but focus should also be on the local media, for their bad reporting on migration is a problem.“
Dr Maria Pisani: “The word “racism” is no where mentioned in the document, we need to take bold stands.
Malta in not heading towards multiculturalism, Malta is already a multicultural country”.
Umayma Eylamin: “Integration is both from migrants and from Matese.”
Representative from The ministry of Education:
“Integration is not an imposition, it’s an everyday task. We Maltese, we went in Australia 30 years ago, we didn’t integrate, our children did.”