Some 64 African migrants who were stranded at sea for weeks have been taken in by four European Union countries.
The four countries agreed to take the migrants who were rescued after being stranded within the Mediterranean.
Their ship “Alan Kurdi” was refused entry by Italy and Malta. It was operated by the German humanitarian group Sea-Eye.
Italy and Malta were reported to have said it wasn’t their responsibility to take in the migrants.
On Saturday the government of Malta said Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg will take in the migrants.
In statement the government said “None of the migrants will remain in Malta. The ship Alan Kurdi will not be allowed to enter Malta.”
The statement further said that “Once again the smallest member of the European Union was put under unnecessary pressure, being asked to resolve a case which was neither its responsibility nor its remit.”
“A solution was found in order not to let the situation deteriorate further while making it clear Malta cannot keep shouldering this burden,” it added.
Migration continues to be a major issue in Africa with many young people desiring daily to move out of their countries for better life elsewhere.
They appear to have lost hope that any significant improvement in their lives will ever happen in their home countries.
Recent studies by major research institutions have confirmed this yearning desire by many Africans to migrate.
In March a survey by the Afrobarometer organization showed that many young people desire to travel. They want to travel despite the dangers associated with illegal migration.