We are helping asylum-seekers and refugees recover from forced displacement in Malta. We do this by offering relationship and community to them in ways that help break their isolation and offer direct assistance as they try to rebuild their lives far from home. We also advocate for them on a personal basis.
Refugees and asylum-seekers began arriving on the island nation of Malta by sea in the early 2000s. Since 2002, more than 18,600 forcibly displaced people have sought asylum in Malta. Most of these arrivals are from sub-saharan Africa and were originally attempting to reach Italy by boat. They tell stories of distress at sea and rescue by the Maltese coast guard. The majority received temporary humanitarian protection status that leaves their future uncertain.
After arriving on Malta, their options are limited. As Europe's most densely populated country, Malta cannot possibly integrate everyone who arrives into its society.
There are over 65 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world. That's 1 in every 113 people alive today. Another 34,000 people are uprooted every day. The last time there were this many refugees was during World War 2.
Three reasons why we refuse to lose hope.
First, God is alive and well along the refugee highway today. Second, Refugees are more than people in need. They are an important part of the solution. And third, God has begun a worldwide movement of his people to welcome and love refugees.
Whether by joining the support team of one of our missionaries or by joining one of our teams yourself, you can show up in the lives of refugees. Explore the unique work of IAFR in Africa, Europe and the USA.