Following an urgent application by filed by 11 NGOs, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on July 9 that the Maltese government’s plan to send back between 60 and 70 Somali migrants the day they arrived on the archipelago was unlawful.

The newspaper explains that Malta has recently become the destination for huge numbers of asylum seekers from Libya, with more 1,000 arriving in the 48 hours that preceded the decision to deport this group.

In the wake of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s warning to the EU on July 4, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, announced that any push back of migrants “would be illegal”, adds the daily, which continues

It is no secret that the EU has failed to deliver a workable immigration strategy, but that should be no excuse for our new government to turn this country into a pariah at the EU level.