Number of people served: 1,290
Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, the island country of Malta has long been a safe haven for refugees. Although Malta is geographically and economically small, its location between Europe and North Africa makes it a logical first step for refugees seeking a new life in Europe. Malta ranked 10th out of the countries hosting the most refugees per capital, with 14 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants. According to the UNHCR, there were nearly 10,000 people living in Malta who were considered a “population of concern” when it came to displacement and status.
Our Work in Malta
JRS Malta offers legal assistance, social work services, healthcare, psychological support, school outreach, and spiritual care. The aim is to assist with immediate needs while encouraging and enabling the longer term goal of self-sufficiency. Assistance is provided regardless of race, ethnic origin, or religious belief. The JRS Malta team includes lawyers, social workers, a nurse, Jesuit priests, religious and cultural mediators, outreach workers, and administrative staff. This service is complemented by a number of regular volunteers.