HAL FAR, MALTA - JUNE 21: Fatima Aden, 26, is an immigrant from Somala who lives in a container with 13 other single women at the Tent Village, an open centre in Hal Far (which translates as "Rat's Town") on June 21, 2011. Fatima Aden arrived in Malta on March 28th after fleeing the unrest in Libya. She left from the port of Az Zawiyah, 50 miles from tripoli. There were two boats, and 180 peple were on hers. It took them 33 hours to reach Malta. Fatima lived in Libya for one year and 9 months and worked as a chemist for 500 dinars, which were enough for her. She didn't want to leave but she was forced to. She wasn't threatened and didn't have to pay for the boats. The boats were given to the people by government officials. She's been in Malta now for 3 months and obtained subsidiary protection. She left Somali in 2006 when she was 21 and went first to Nairobi, Kenya, then South Africa. She has 2 sons living with her mother in Uganda. She's not married. Fatima lives in a container in the Hal Far Tent Village with 13 other single women: 2 Ethiopians, 2 Eritreans, 1 Nigerian, 9 Somalis. The majority of migrants living in the tent village is from Somalia. No lights, though they have electricity for a mini fridge. Fatima has a sister in Sweden.
The Open Centres in Malta serve as a temporary accomodation facility, but they ended becoming permanent accomodation centres, except for those immigrants who receive subsidiary protection or refugee status and that are sent to countries such as the United States, Germany, Poland, and others. All immigrants who enter in Malta illegally are detained. Upon arrival to Malta, irregular migrants and asylum seekers are sent to one of three dedicated immigration detention facilities. Once apprehended by the authorities, immigrants remain in detention even after they apply for refugee status. detention lasts as long as it takes for asylum claims to be determined. This usually takes months; asylum seekers often wait five to 10 months for