Malta Country Expert
Daniela DeBono has recently completed a D.Phil in Migration Studies at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK. Her research project, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, was entitled ‘In Search of the Building Blocks of a Human Rights Culture: Lessons Learnt from the Treatment of Irregular Immigrants in Malta'. It sought to identify aspects in Maltese political culture which hinder the adoption of human rights within the irregular migration field. Her research interests include human rights theory, irregular migration with a special focus on the EU and the Mediterranean, and Maltese Studies. Two recent publications include: DeBono D. (2011) “’Not our problem’: Why the detention of irregular immigrants in Malta is not seen as a human rights issue”. In Dembour M. & Kelly T., Are Human Rights for Migrants?: Critical Reflections on the Status of Irregular Migrants in Europe and the United States, Oxon: Routledge and DeBono D. (2008) "Poverty-induced Cross Border Migration: Socio-economic rights and International Solidarity". In Peter G. Xuereb (ed) The Fight Against Poverty: Civil Society Project Report, Malta: European Documentation and Research Centre.
Daniela is a part time lecturer at the University of Connecticut in London. She is also an assistant tutor on introductory courses in Migration Studies, Cultural Studies and European Studies at the University of Sussex. Daniela has previously held full time managerial positions in Malta with the Commissioner for Children, the National Commission Persons with Disability and Caritas Malta HelpAge, and volunteered with a number of organisations both locally and internationally which include: the Jesuit Refugee Service, Initiatives of Change International, the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, the Young Christian Workers and the National Youth Council. In 2002, as part of an M.A. in Human Rights and Democratisation, she undertook a six-month research placement at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights at the University of Lund, Sweden.