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Some 49 migrants who had for weeks been left stranded on rescue ships off the coast of Malta, finally disembarked in Valletta on Wednesday after Malta reached a deal with other EU member states to accept them.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced that an “ad-hoc” agreement had been reached, with the migrants set to be resettled in eight EU countries along with 249 migrants who had already been brought to Malta in late December. They had been left stranded at sea after no country had allowed them to dock.

Most of the migrants will reportedly be resettled in Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Romania, Portugal, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, with 78 being allowed to stay in Malta.

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