|Malta's FA Minister George Vella and Gambia's FA Bala Garba Jahumpa (Photo: Omar Camilleri, DOI)|
The government of Malta is to deport 80 Gambians who have been refused asylum, according to newspaper reports from the small European country, Wednesday.
An agreement between the European nation and The Gambia has been signed on the sidelines of the 69th UN General Assembly to deport the migrants who are being held in Malta.
"Currently in Malta, there are around 80 persons from Gambia who were not awarded the asylum status," the Malta Today quoted the government as saying.
Local newspapers in Malta said the agreement was signed following a meeting between Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bala Garba Jahumpa and Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
But it is not clear how many Gambian migrants have been granted asylum in Malta.
Mr. Muscat has said the human rights of the 80 Gambian migrants were not being violated by deporting them to the tiny West African country.
International human rights groups accuse The Gambia government, led by Yahya Jammeh, of human rights violations – especially press freedom and freedom of expression.
Written by TNBES
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