Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Malta Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Malta. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

w2eu.info - Welcome to Europe

Email: contactatw2eu [dot] info or w2eu_infoatyahoo [dot] com

This hyperlink -w2eu.info - leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries. 

Emigrants' Commission

(Member of ELENA)
Dar l-Emigrant, Castille Place
Valletta VLT 01
Tel: +35621222644
Fax: +35621240022
Email: mecmaltaatvol [dot] net [dot] mt
Emigrants' Commission is a non-governmental, non-profitable, voluntary organisation, which is established to help and protect people in need by offering them free services, counselling and protection. Emigrants' Commission came into being in 1950 due to the huge exodus of Maltese to foreign lands because of over population and unemployment. The aim was to offer help to those who intended to settle abroad. Its services cover all those affected by migration including immigrants, refugees and tourists.

Integra Foundation

(Member of ELENA)

124, Ursula Street,
Valletta, Malta
Email: integrafoundationatgmail [dot] com

Integra (founded 2004) is a non-profit organisation based in Malta, operating independently of any political, economic or religious affiliation at a global level. The Foundation’s vision is that of supporting inclusive, non-discriminating and non-disabling societies, where all individuals have the right to human dignity, freedom, respect and social justice. Their mission is to facilitate space for marginalised individuals and groups to be listened to and to have an active and meaningful say in their lives and well being on their own terms.

Kopin- Kooperazzjoni Internazzjonali

(Member of ELENA)

Suite 2, 195, Naxxar Road
San Gwann SGN 9029
Tel. +35621372266
Fax: +35621372266
Email: infoatkoping [dot] org

Kopin has been providing social and educational services to asylum seeking children and women since 2010. These services apply a child rights and human rights based approach and aim at empower their beneficiaries, who themselves are considered as key agents for social change and advancement.

Kopin has been providing voluntary services for women and children, including unaccompanied minors, who are residing at Dar il-Liedna, an Open Centre in Fgura which is managed by the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers (AWAS). These services range from cultural orientation to English language classes, to afterschool homework support, food handling courses, CV writing training as well as recreational activities.

Furthermore, between 2011 and 2013, with the support of the European Refugee Fund (ERF), the UN High Commission for the Refugees’ Malta Office and the Embassy of the United States in Malta, Kopin had implemented the biggest support programme for refugee women on the Island, which had offered educational, vocational, social, recreational and capacity training services to over 200 refugee women in all Open Centres and the community. Thanks to the Julia Taft Refugee Fund and the continuous support of the US Embassy in Malta, Kopin has been providing services and training to both refugee women and to healthcare professionals in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Activities focus on the provision of training, tools, awareness raising and cultural orientation, and are being implemented in cooperation with Mater Dei Hospital, the Integra Foundation and other stakeholders. The financial support of Terre des Hommes (TdH) Netherlands, Kopin was able to set up the Maltese ‘branch’ of TdH Italy’s FARO Project, called Il-Fanal (Maltese for Lighthouse). Il-Fanal offers psycho-social support to asylum seeking minors who attend State Schools in Malta. In fact, the programme is being implemented in cooperation with the Student Services Department (SSD) as well as migrant learners’ support unit of the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE), with whom Kopin’s team coordinates its engagement in schools with high numbers of foreign students. Moreover, Kopin has also been partnering with all key stakeholders in the fight against & prevention of child trafficking, namely UNHCR, the Police Forces, Aġenzija Appoġġ, AWAS, as well as national and international civil society organisations. In collaboration with its partners Terre des Hommes Italy and the European Federation for Street Children, Kopin is providing anti-trafficking tools and training to frontline workers as well as services to potential and actual victims of child trafficking. In all its activities, Kopin is being supported by the Terre des Hommes International Federation, being its Strategic Partner in Malta. Furthermore, Kopin forms part of the Destination Unknown Campaign, which is a global alliance of civil society organisations who work for the rights of children who are on the move. Kopin is an active member of the informal network comprising all refugee support organisations in Malta as well as a partner of various Maltese key institutions in this field, such as AWAS, UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).


The People For Change Foundation

Phone : +356 2703 3536
Email : infoatpfcmalta [dot] org

The People for Change Foundation (PfC) is a Malta-based human rights think tank with a Maltese, European and global scope. PfC provides evidence-based, independent, practical and creative ideas on the protection, respect and promotion of human rights in Malta and across the European Union. PfC can provide advice to asylum seekers and their lawyers, particularly those facing return to Malta under the Dublin II system. They are also in a position to refer asylum seekers to other entities that may be better able to assist in particular cases; and provide an online reporting system for racist incidents in Malta: www.reportracism-malta.org. PfC did not want their address posted on the website but they can be contacted through phone or email. 

Aditus Foundation

149, Old Mint Street, Valletta VLT 1513, Malta
Tel: +356 20 10 62 95
Email: infoataditus [dot] org [dot] mt

Aditus was founded in 2011 by a group of young lawyers who made it their mission to monitor, report and act on human rights access in Malta. Our main activities include offering pro bono legal information and advice to refugees, both through community advocacy projects and aid to individual clients. For the latter, we make regular visits to detention facilities and welcome refugee clients at our offices. We focus primarily on the laws and government of Malta but also address the EU institutions, the UN, the Council of Europe and other relevant agencies. We remain in constant communication and cooperation with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental entities to maintain a comprehensive approach and to ensure that refugees know they can solicit our help.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Malta

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St Aloysius College Sports Complex, 50, Triq Ix-Xorrox, B'Kara, BKR 1631, Malta
Tel: +356 21 44 27 51
Fax: +356 21 44 27 52
Email: infoatjrsmalta [dot] org

Contact Person: Dr Katrine Camilleri

Besides project based work in advocacy, social work services and awareness raising, JRS Malta also offers pastoral care to detainees and continues to advocate for their rights.

Organisation for Friend in Diversity

(Member of ELENA)

12, Triq il-kaffis
SWQ 2361 Ta’ L-Ibrag
Tel +356 27034255
Fax: +356 99840896
Email: infoatofd [dot] org [dot] mt

The Organisation for Friendship in Diversity (OFD) is a small youth-led NGO working with children and adults from local and migrant communities, to foster a respect for diversity and promote social inclusion. Founded in early 2009, the objective of OFD’s members has been to help cultivate friendship amidst diversity through cultural understanding. As a forward looking and enthusiastic team, OFD is constantly working to improve its methods and develop new ways to challenge social stereotypes that lead to discrimination.

Migrants Network for Equality (Facebook Group)

(Member of ELENA)
Email:mnemaltaatgmail [dot] com
Tel: +3569928 9561/7733 4422
The Migrants' Network of Equality is a network consisting of representatives of different immigrant communities in Malta. It was set up in 2010, aiming to promote the human rights of migrants, to fight racism and to work for the inclusion of migrants living in Malta.