A One Day Seminar On Immigration
A one day seminar on immigration organised by the Association’s Migration Committee and focussing on “Inclusion to Facilitate Integration” was held at Casa Lanfreducci on Saturday 5 November 2016. The event, which was open to all Members and Volunteers, and included a light sandwich lunch at nearby St. James Cavalier, was very well attended.
Following some opening remarks by the President of the Maltese Association and by Migration Committee Chairman Adrian Strickland, the floor was thrown open to a varied line up of speakers being Mgr. Alfred Vella (Director Emigrants Commission), Paulina Miceli (Childrens’ Commissioner), Dr. Ahmed Bugri (Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants), Dr. Katrine Camilleri (Jesuit Refugee Service), Silvan Agius (Ministry of Social Dialogue), Dr. Ahmed M. Shembesh (Libya Foundation for Rehabilitation)and Claudia Taylor East (SOS Malta).
Lively question and answer sessions immediately followed each delivery, making the Seminar a very positive and interactive experience.
A number of very valid insights were revealed, and numerous points were made, of which due note has been taken. We were in particular updated on the present day realities on the ground, which have witnessed significant changes since Malta first came face to face with the immensity of the immigration problem.
As a next step, the Migration Committee is tasked to take stock of what has emerged from the seminar, and to come up with proposals for viable projects which the Maltese Association could embark upon in the context of visibly promoting integration and inclusion of refugees and immigrants within Maltese society.
Immigration remains at the very core of the Order of Malta’s concerns, and is the primary focus of its present Hospitaller activities worldwide.
Meanwhile the Association will immediately work to be more inclusive of refugees and immigrants, both in the form of guests at the various activities which it organises for the less fortunate throughout the year, as well as in the form of volunteers of which a first experience was already witnessed at the last Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Photos: MM & JD’A