A relatively new anti-immigration group – WE are MALTA are the creators of a petition urging the government that ‘Malta is too small to accept more illegal immigrants.’ Fronted by a Giuseppe Aquilina as the creator, the petition cites the fact that with 1,500 people per square kilometre, Malta has the densest population of the rest of all EU countries, one thousand more than the Netherlands, the second most densely populated country, which claims just 505 people per square kilometre, with Belgium coming in third place with a mere 377 people per square kilometre.
Finland, with 18, Sweden with 25, and Estonia with 31 people per square kilometre respectively enjoy the least dense populations. The average density between all EU countries excluding Malta is 128 people per square kilometre. This means that on average, Malta has a density of 1,377 people more than any other country in the European Union, per square kilometre.
The petition continues that for many years, Malta has welcomed illegal immigrants far beyond its means. This fact has created and will create more serious problems for Maltese citizens, including in the health sector, security, and housing.
The petition goes further to blame the EU which it says has all but abandoned Malta to the scourge of illegal immigration, which it claims has taken the form of an organized crime operation between organizations that, for their own gain, burden the country with unbearable responsibilities and duties.
The petition claims that in the national interest, the government needs to feel the pulse of the people as soon as possible. The end result must be binding on every government, present and future. It is also binding that any person who dares to harm a Maltese citizen, or citizens who are acting in the interest of the Maltese People, will be held liable for any damages suffered if and when they are found guilty.
Created last April and currently standing at some 32,000 signatures, it is well on its way of reaching the target required by law for the petition to the government for a referendum to be successful. The petition has been made available not only online, but volunteers have also been collecting signatures in public spaces in numerous towns and villages around Malta.