Read this feature on Il Corriere della Sera that grasps the irony of the fuss Malta makes every time a migrant ship comes anywhere near Malta but then employs thousands of migrants that come down from Italy and employed on terms only slightly better than slavery.
Migrants that land in Italy often hear they can come to Malta to find work on construction sites. The Dublin rules do not allow them to register here so they get picked up on some roundabout and taken to work on an anonymous and casual basis.
The government knows this is happening. They cannot identify the workers and there are no protections for them. But Malta’s economy needs them so the government closes an eye. Or two.
Il Corriere della Sera calls it a “doppio bluff”.