Rioting migrants in Malta have set on fire at least five staff cars and injured a policeman in their holding centre as they demanded their freedom.

The violence broke out on Sunday night at a former British army barrack in Hal Far, close to Malta’s airport.

The migrants took control of part of the compound, but a police spokesman said the situation was brought back under control in the early hours of Monday.

Malta’s migrant reception and detention centres are under pressure with several hundred migrants having arrived in Malta over the summer.

Migrant leader Akra screamed to the police:

“We came here for Welfare. We spend a lot of money to get the welfare. Where…. WHERR is OUR Welfare why do you hide it from us? We see on TV how everyone else gets their free houses and free money.  Why are you torturing us?”