Freed, but not freedom


Sub-saharan immigrants, Malta, Nov 2011.

Sub-saharan immigrants get to Europe on small boats from Libya, and they don't know exactly where they will end up when they pay for their highly risky voyage.

Many believe it will be Italy. Malta has received many of the boats due to problems at sea, and upon arrival the immigrants are fingerprinted under the Dublin Regulation and detained for up to 18 months depending on their validity for asylum.

After they are assessed they are released and moved to open centres around the island. At this stage of their adventure and search for a safe life, they are free to get work and move on. The Dublin Agreement doesn't make it easy for them to move freely around Europe as they can be sent back to the point of entry in Europe where they first arrived.

Rich Bowen, November the 15th, 2011