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Mission and Function

The function of the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers (AWAS) is the implementation of national legislation and policy concerning the welfare of refugees, persons enjoying international protection and asylum seekers. In practice, AWAS manages reception facilities, provides information programmes in the area of employment, housing, health, welfare and education, and promotes government schemes related to resettlement voluntary returns.

AWAS also acts as a facilitator between public entities responsible for providing services to ensure that national obligations to beneficiaries of international protection and asylum seekers are accessible and encourages networking between relevant local voluntary organisations in Malta. It also advises the Government on new developments in its field of operations and draws up reports for policy-making bodies.

Malta is a signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.

General services offered are :


     Information about their centre
     General information related to their stay in Malta
     Service Providers and Important offices


     Assistance to identify and contact Employment Offices
     Support towards employability

Education and Training

     Language Training
     Access to other Training Courses

Social Support

     Family Welfare
     Referral to counselling and other psychosocial services

Contact Information:

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Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers (AWAS)
Block C, Beltissebh
Floriana FRN 1700
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2568 7200
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