JRS Malta Project for Vulnerable Asylum Seekers

Sheltered Accommodation and Psychosocial Support
to vulnerable asylum seekers to whom such services are not otherwise available


The main purpose of this project is to develop networks and partnerships with a view to offering a single coordinated service, which consolidates and further develops the services currently being offered, in order to ensure that, a far as possible, vulnerable asylum seekers benefit from:

  • The services of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, whether they live in independent accommodation or centres run by other agencies, after an in-depth assessment of their specific needs, according to availability of resources.
  • Accomodation in an existing mainstream residential facility manned by trained staff, offering supported living for those persons who require extensive support, and who would not qualify for placement in an existing AWAS open centre for vulnerable persons, where necessary and possible.

The project will also:

  • Seek to enhance collaboration between other actors providing a service in this field, in order to ensure that as many people as possible receive the service they need and that the services provided are coordinated;
  • Provide training and capacity building for persons working with vulnerable asylum seekers, e.g. nurses, staff of social welfare agencies, and open centre staff, at various levels, in order to ensure that the needs of vulnerable persons are recognised and met;
  • Explore existing possibilities of long-term solutions and advocate for greater access to mainstream services for those who need them.

Project description

JRS is proposing to achieve this through service provision, capacity building, networking and coordination, and advocacy.

Service provision

  • Working with asylum seekers from the moment of their arrival, to identify vulnerable asylum seekers requiring care and support;
  • Making the necessary referrals and providing the care and support of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, pending the outcome of the assessment and following release from detention to an open centre;
  • Establishing partnerships with other agencies already offering specialised services for people with disabilities and physical or mental health problems to provide a small number of placements for vulnerable asylum seekers within their facilities; 
  • Identifying, in collaboration with other professionals, those individuals who require placement in supported accommodation;
  • Providing the necessary support, through the services of a community worker, throughout their stay in the said facility, with a view to working towards independence.


  • Providing training for project staff and others working in direct contact with vulnerable asylum seekers.

Networking and coordination

  • Networking with other organisations working in the field and providing other services to project beneficiaries, in order to ensure a coordinated service.


  • Advocating, together with all other interested parties, for greater access to mainstream services.

75% co-financing by the European Refugee Fund

25% match funding by Jesuit Refugee Service Malta

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