PA SEALING OFF MARSA STABLES ILLEGALLY BEING USED TO HOUSE FOREIGN WORKERS IN INHUMANE CONDITIONS

July, 17, 2019

In the early hours of the morning, the Planning Authority’s Compliance & Enforcement Directorate, accompanied by the Malta Police Force, Health and Immigration officials cordoned off an area in Marsa after investigations concluded that a number of stables were illegally ‘converted’ to house foreign workers in inhumane conditions.

The stables in Sqaq il-Gerrejja corner with Sqaq l-Istallel in Marsa were turned into makeshift residences to cater for foreign workers seeking cheap accommodation facilities on the Island.  

The Authority found that the stables were ‘converted’ into 19 small living accommodation quarters of approximately 20sqm to accommodate 12 or more persons. The foreigners cooked, washed and slept in conditions that were a health hazard not only due to being significantly overcrowded but also as they lacked adequate sanitary facilities. In total, two hundred beds were found in the units.  

Thirty-eight persons were arrested by the police and were taken in for further questioning.

Given that a number of workers had already left for work prior to the start of the operation, throughout the day the Authorities will provide access for the workers to return and collect their possessions.  

The PA’s officers will monitor the site to ensure that the stables operate according to their permitted use.