The Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms and Equality values diversity and recognises that all forms of discrimination are detrimental to Maltese society. All departments and entities within the Ministry are therefore committed to the appreciation of diversity and the fight against discrimination and the exclusion that results from discriminatory practices.

The Ministry is committed to the fight against racism and other forms of discrimination in line with its law enforcement duties, while all other departments and agencies that form part of the Ministry aim to provide services and assistance to all clients fairly and equitably, in accordance with relevant legislation.

The Ministry requires its entities, departments, as well as employees, to:

1 – promote a climate of inclusivity and mutual respect;

2 – take into account the vulnerabilities and cultural needs of clients; and,

3 – address any systemic issues that may exclude individuals from the decision-making process and opportunities for leadership and professional advancement on account of race, religion, culture, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

A climate of inclusivity is not only promoted by measures directed against racism and discrimination, but also through the facilitation of integration-oriented measures, including by means of referral to entities providing specialised services. Such positive measures are undertaken, in particular, by entities that assume long-term responsibility for migrants with a view to empowering the individuals concerned.

The fight against racism and discrimination also requires the entities concerned to take into account clients’ vulnerabilities and cultural needs. In the context of the asylum determination procedure this is a prerequisite towards a fair hearing and determination of cases. Such an approach is also required in the migration reception sphere, as services provided must be tailored to the needs of the individual.

The Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms and Equality therefore addresses racism and discrimination not only by way of enforcement, but also by means of positive measures to empower the individuals concerned. This, we consider, is essential towards the eradication of racism and discrimination in our society.

While the Ministry and its entities are committed to diversity and non-discrimination, their officials are required to uphold and abide by the principles of duty and responsibility to their clients. At the workplace, these principles must take precedence over personal beliefs, particularly when it comes to matters involving safety and well-being.