Welfare in Malta
Average 1.600 people are sheltered in the 9 Open Centres operating in Malta. People are released into Open Centres after a period of detention that can last up to 18 months. The main service that AWAS (Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers) provide is accomodation. For all the rest migrants and Asylum Seekers are supposed to have access to the mainstream services. In the Open Centre people receive a small quantity of money each day, for food. To obtain this money people have to demonstrate that they’re not working and that they’re following courses provided by the Centre.