In 2008, migrant numbers peaked to 2,775 migrants.
Migrants by boat
2002 - 2011
14,735 migrants traveled by boat to Malta, an average of 1,470 per
Dublin II regulation, promulgated
2003 - 2013
mandates that an individual’s asylum application must be processed in the country where the individual first entered the EU.
Detention time Capped
2005 - 2013
Maltese authorities have capped detention at 12 months for asylum seekers and at 18 months for those who have not applied for asylum or whose asylum claims have been rejected in the first and second instances.
Children arriving in Malta
2007 - 2008
400 children arrived in Malta claiming to be unaccompanied.
Violation of Right of Liberty
2010 - 2011
the European Court of Human Rights found that Malta’s detention of an Algerian asylum seeker, Khaleed Louled Massoud, violated the right to liberty found in the European Convention on Human Rights.
People died crossing Mediterranean route
2011 - 2012
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
estimates that 1,500 people died attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in 2011, which amounts to approximately 2.5 percent of the 58,000 migrants who made the crossing
Unaccompanied migrant numbers
2011 - 2012
there were 61 unaccompanied minors recognized by the Maltese authorities after an age determination process, of whom 29 were from Somalia.