Dar l-Emigrant, Castille Place, Valletta, VLT 01, Malta.
Phone (+356) 21222644, 21232545, 21240255 ; Fax (+356) 21240022 ; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Week-days 8.30am-12.30am ; 3.00pm-5.00pm / Summer time 8.30am-1.30pm
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. Now its services cover all those affected by migration including
immigrants, refugees and tourists.
Under the patronage of the Emigrants' Commission there are other organisations whose activities are orientated to help
immigrants and tourists in more specific areas and it also houses Associations such as:
Maltese - Canadian Association
U.K. and Other Countries
Maltese - American Association
Friends of Australia Association
International Wives Association
Association of Families of Migrants
The activities of the Emigrants' Commission are various and many such as:
Counselling, tracing lost relatives, speaking up for migrants and refugees with the local authorities, help with language courses,
providing useful contacts. Organising cultural, social and religious activities at regular intervals e.g. Seminars, Courses, Cultural
Tours, Migrants' Day,Mothers' Day, Christmas Gatherings.
For more information about courses or activities, please contact e-mail:
email@example.com - Mgr. Philip Calleja
One significant corollary to migration is that of mixed marriages: Maltese marrying non-Maltese, Maltese marrying foreign-based
Maltese, Catholics marrying non-Catholics.Preparatory courses and talks are held regularly and married people with problems
are helped. Contacts are established with spouses living in other countries.
For the appointment or any questions, please contact e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org - Mgr. Alfred Vella
For many years now refugees in Malta have been helped in many ways.Protection, basic needs, accommodation, recreation and
schooling are sympathetically dealt with. This is made more effective by the official recognition of the Emigrants' Commission
as an Operational Partner of the UNHCR Branch Office in Rome. Help for refugees is also solicited by the Commission through its very
useful contacts both domestic and foreign. Records are kept and reports are issued from time to time. Emigrants' Commission has
some 10 homes at its disposal, where approximately 150 of the most vulnerable refugees are accommodated, free of charge.
Some of these homes are privately owned, while the others are church homes.
The scope of the C.E.C. is to provide information on the Catholic Church and its teaching to those who are interested. Those who
normally seek this service are overseas visitors and non-Catholics who intend to marry a Catholic partner. Personal and confidential
instruction is provided and so are books and leaflets. Those who wish to contact a priest can do so. Confidentiality is assured.
Social gatherings are occasionally organised.
The Research Centre houses a number of books, reviews and newspapers on migration, both Maltese and international.
The history of Maltese emigration during the 20th century is being compiled. Two books have been published which cover
the periods 1900-1914 and 1918-1939. The third book will cover emigration from 1946. A bilingual (English/Maltese)
review called Lil Hutna has been published since 1950. This review is for all those interested in Maltese migration
and is a useful link between Maltese communities overseas. All past numbers are available at the Research Centre.
The Research Centre is also producing weekly programme in Maltese and English on the development of Maltese migration.
These programmes are broadcasted on the radio "Voice of the Mediterrean" on short wave and can be heard in many countries.
The Research Centre collaborates with Radio Malta in producing a weekly programme called Migrant's Magazine. The programme
gives news and comments on Maltese communities overseas, interviews with visiting migrants and gives information on the
activities of the Emigrants' Commision. Students of Maltese migration are especially welcome to avail themselves of the
facilities of the Research Centre, at Dar l-Emigrant, Valletta.
At its inception, SOS Malta was founded to address the hunger and poverty striken Albanians that reached the
Maltese shores in ship-loads in the early nineties. Not being able to seek haven on our small island, a national
campaign to assist them in need was launched. This led to the first visits of the founders of the organisation to
Humanitarian aid and emergency food supplies, together with items of clothing and other basic needs first reached
the Albanian shores in September 1991. After various appeals for assistance on a national level, it was soon
realised that a more structured and permanent approach was needed if any difference was to be made to the quality
of life of Albanians. This led to the foundation of SOS Malta as the first international NGO in Malta.
From the delivery of ship-loads of humanitarian aid, SOS Malta has developed into a development agency, providing
for the long-term social, economic and political development of the people of Albania, assisting in times of
crisis as happened during the collapse of the pyramid schemes in 1997 in the country as well as the Kosovo crisis
If you can help, or should you have any questions, please contact us on:
Emigrants' Commission houses several Associations of returned migrants, which operate from Emigrants' Commission premises at
Dar l-Emigrant, Castille Place, Valletta. These Associations organise their activities and meetings, and are accepting new
members on a regular basis. Each of the Associations deals with a specific group of Migrants and their needs.
For more information please send your e- mail addressed to the Association you are looking for, by contacting:
Association of Families of Migrants (A.F.E.) - Chairman: Mrs B. Fenech Gonzi
Maltese - American Association (M.A.A.) - President: Mr Nino Abela
Friends of Australia Association (F.O.A.A.) - President: Mr Virgil Bugeja
International Wives Association (I.W.A.) - Chairman: Mrs Jeanette Vassallo
Association of the Families of Migrants:
Delivery of Christmas Hampers
Mother's Day Hampers
Confirmation of children of visiting migrants
The Association is one of the earliest activities of the Emigrants' Commission. It came into being to assuage the pain caused
by separation from loved ones.Emigrants are invited to send hampers to their loved ones here in Malta especially for Christmas.
The same applies for Mother's Day. The Commission offers its services for this through its representatives abroad.
Visiting migrants can meet their relatives and friends at the premises of Dar l-Emigrant where they can also enjoy
the multi-media show Sacred Island in a recently refurbished small theatre. Children of visiting migrants are especially
welcome. Those parents who would like to organize functions for their children while in Malta, be they religious or otherwise,
can do so.
The Association of Families of Migrantes organizes travel groups for Australia, Canada, U.S.A. and Europe.
Other destinations can also be considered. Staff at Dar l-Emigrant can also help those visiting migrants or
others to plan excursions overseas. Air tickets and special tariff tickets are available from the counter.
Contact persons: Mr Joseph Calleja, Mrs Rosene Campbell.
The Secretariat keeps in touch with Maltese priests working overseas. The priests can also refer to the Secretariat
their needs, queries or problems. Regular meetings are held for the priests who return home for a break.