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Christine Cassar, Daiva Repeckaite, Jean Pierre Gauci, People for Change Foundation, Ethnic Minorities beyond Migration: the case of Malta

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Type of publication

Study - qualitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Christine Cassar, Daiva Repeckaite, Jean Pierre Gauci

Main Thematic Focus

Integration & inclusion

Target Population

People with migrant background Migrants

Key findings

The study shows that most participants have developed cosmopolitan identities and they indcate that their lifestyles were enriched from the close proximity to another culture. The findings show that individual experiences, connections and other factors of identity are treated as resources to craft belonging.

Although this qualitative study can by no means represent the range of experiences of biracial families, it sheds light on the patterns in which these families negotiate the society’s attitudes. The small size of Malta’s population emerges as both a blessing (close social ties foster acceptance) and a curse (due to its homogeneity and prevalence of gossip).

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Semi-structured interviews were conducted to investigate how members of Maltese families which include people from different racial groups, experience their identity and minority status and how they navigate race dynamics.

Sample details and representativeness

15 participants for this study were approached:

- Maltese citizens who are members of an ethnic minority, including 2 or 3 generation migrants.
- Maltese citizens married to (or in a long relationship) with a person from a different ethnic group.
- Maltese families with children adopted from a different country.

DISCLAIMERThe information presented here is collected under contract by the FRA's research network FRANET. The information and views contained do not necessarily reflect the views or the official position of the FRA.