On Sunday, the Maltese authorities will leave the 65 migrants ashore on the German ship Alan Kurdi. The boat of aid organization Sea Eye was initially not allowed to dock in Malta, but the migrants picked up from the sea for the Libyan Coast are nevertheless allowed.
Malta wants to send the dozens of migrants to all kinds of countries as quickly as possible. How the authorities want to do this and which countries are involved is unclear, but there is already an agreement.
Initially the ship was on its way to the Italian island of Lampedusa, where Saturday, despite a ban from the Italian government, the ship Alex docked with 45 migrants. This to the great anger of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who said that his country no longer wants to remain Europe’s hotspot.
“We are pleasantly surprised,” says Gordon Isler of Sea Eye about admission to Malta. “This is what we have been waiting for.”