The priest at Mass asked people to be open to the Syrian and Somalian immigrants. As reported, hundreds of people have died coming from Africa to Sicily. Many of the dead are children and mothers of those children.
The Catholics here have, understandably, different views, as Malta is a very crowded island. There is housing here, but it is not inexpensive, although housing prices have crashed from 2007 highs. The government is not necessarily set up for dealing with large influxes of people. Many immigrants have been welcomed in Malta in the past. In fact, one of the charms of Malta is the multi-cultural population. Many North Africans have been coming here for years. The immigrants coming in now are from areas where civil wars are raging.
God bless them.
God bless Malta and give the leaders both in the government and in the Church great wisdom.