The Open Arms charity ship that rescued them had been repeatedly denied permission by both Italy and Malta to allow them to disembark.
Five EU countries do not reach the 50 per cent threshold in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index. The report released by the NGO Transparency International analysed 180 countries, and when it comes to the EU, the misuse of its funds is still a big issue.
Some pregnant women and children are among the passengers.
Cutajar's resignation comes shortly after the resignation of Joseph Muscat as the island country's prime minister.
Robert Abela takes over from Joseph Muscat as Malta's PM, amid outrage over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Muscat was referencing the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
We look back at the week in Europe where MEPs called on the Maltese leader to resign immediately, protests took place in the Czech Republic and Poland. A tumultuous end to a rollercoaster year in EU politics. Our journalists sum it up in their words of the year.
We look back at some of the issues plaguing European politicians this week.
Centre-right MEPs have torn into Muscat over rule of law in Malta and his administration's alleged links to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
A novel about Brexit's impact on society in the UK took home the European Book Prize.
After a meeting with the Prime Minister, Sophie In ‘t Veld, who is leading the European parliament’s emergency fact-finding mission to Malta, says she doubts the government’s credibility.
The victim’s family want Muscat to resign immediately, saying he is shielding friends and associates from the investigation. He is refusing to leave until his party has chosen a replacement.
Angry protesters yell "shame on you" on Maltese Justice , as he arrived for a meeting with an EU parliament delegation and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Muscat announced on Sunday night that he would resign in January amid outcry over the two-year-old investigation into the 2017 killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia who had been looking into suspected corrupt dealings in political and business circles in the island nation.
Malta PM defends actions as opposition quits parliament
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, engulfed in crisis over the probe into a murdered journalist, announced on Sunday he planned to step down, saying he would ask his ruling Labour Party to start choosing a new leader for the country next month.
The arrest comes as the long-stalled investigation into the October 2017 car bomb murder of Caruana Galizia intensifies.
Protesters blocked roads in Malta on Friday to demand Muscat's resignation, holding placards reading "assassins" and "blood is on your hands".
The demonstration comes after three government officials resigned on Tuesday amid a probe into the killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
A prominent businessman arrested over the murder of Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was released on bail on Thursday evening.
The NGO faces a fine of up to €901,000.
The three-day festival included a competition for international teams of professional kite masters
The climate of press freedom in Malta "remains dire" two years after investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb, Reporters Without Borders has claimed in a comprehensive new report.
The shameful political game conducted by EU countries, motivated by the short-term goal of ensuring no rescue ships dock in their ports, has led to countless standoffs at sea.
Five EU interior ministers agreed on a draft migration proposal that will be discussed by all 28 interior ministers on October 8.
The sons of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have questioned the independence of a newly announced public inquiry into their mother’s death.