Paceville, Malta - 21 August, 2012: Clients of the Hilton Hotel relax in one of the four pools of the resort in Portomaso, Paceville, Malta, on 21 August, 2012.
Portomaso in Paceville, St. Julian's, Malta, is a waterfront residential development covering an area of 128,000 square metres (31 acres). Portomaso also encompasses one of Malta’s Marinas.
Malta has reached a record in 2011 for inbound tourism with approximately 1.4 million tourists, equivalent to an increase of 5.6% when compared to 2010. According to the Malta Tourism Authority, each year Malta hosts over one million visitors and this accounts for 23% of GDP. Thirty per cent of the Maltese population is directly employed in this fast growing sector.
1,597 migrants of 30 different nationalities arrived in Malta by boat in 2011. A person arriving in Malta without a valid passport or visa can be detained in terms of immigration law for a period up to 18 months (12 months in case of asylum seekers). Vulnerable individuals can be released early after vulnerability assessment procedures are conducted by the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers (AWAS).
Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times
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