Second group of MV Aquarius migrants relocated

People fly to Luxembourg on Sunday morning

A group of migrants who landed in Malta aboard the sea rescue vessel MV Aquarius last month have left the country for Luxembourg, the goverment announced on Sunday.

Photo: DOI/Omar CamilleriPhoto: DOI/Omar Camilleri

The group are the second to move on from Malta, after an initial number flew to France at the end of August.

A total of 141 people were brought to Malta by the MV Aquarius on August 15 after the Maltese government announced that it had struck a deal with France, Germany,
Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Spain to distribute the people on board.

The deal was the second “ad hoc” agreement piloted by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, following an initial such deal to relocate migrants brought to Malta by the MV Lifeline.

All countries, bar Italy, have stuck to their pledges and taken in their share of migrants from that vessel.

The MV Aquarius is jointly operated by Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee.