Around 62 refugees and asylum seekers picked up at sea by the Alan Kurdi vessel 10 days ago were disembarked in Malta's Valletta harbour on Saturday, after Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed the reception would take place.

The migrants, who were picked up from a boat off the Libyan coast and brought to the Italian port of Lampedusa, were denied entry into Italy by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has taken a hard-line stance towards migration.

The group, which includes 12 women and two children, was escorted off the vessel by the police soon after their disembarkation and will be relocated between four countries: Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg.

"None will remain in Malta which cannot shoulder this burden alone," stated Muscat.

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