Slovakia's agreement to provide political asylum to ten North-African applicants from Malta is not only a symbolic gesture, Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic Lipšic stated after a meeting of EU interior ministers in Luxembourg on April 11, the TASR newswire reported.
Lipšic said that the group consists of families that represent no security risk for Slovakia.
"They will mostly be educated families that pose no security risk for Slovakia," he said, adding that the situation in Malta is catastrophic in terms of large numbers of asylum-seekers.
The Interior Minister, who is returning home early from the meeting due to extensive forest fires, thinks that if more countries followed suit and made a similar "Slovak gesture", Malta would have its immigrant problem resolved quickly.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Apr 2011 at 10:00