Ocean Viking migrants reach Malta after six EU members agreed to take them

Migrants rescued by charity rescue ship Ocean Viking were brought to Malta late on Friday night after an EU-brokered deal allowed their relocation to six member states, news wires reported. The 356 people rescued by the crew of the Norwegian-flagged rescue vessel were transferred to a Maltese Armed Forces patrol boat in the afternoon and reached shore late at night. 

Seated aboard the deck of the Armed Forces boat and wearing bright orange lifejackets, the men, women, and children were disembarked and taken away by immigration officials to be screened, processed and housed.

They will remain in Malta until they are relocated to France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal  and Romania. The EU deal for their relocation was announced by Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Friday.

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