@ramsej: luckily I have not needed hospitals yet so I don't know the situation there
But you're right, I have several friends studying Medicine and there are as many students from Kuwait as from Malta, and that can be a problem for the elderly. I think they have introduced medical Maltese as a requirement but it's probably not enough to hold full conversations with patients.
As for hotels, I don't think that's a problem. Most hotel customers are foreigners anyway. It could make it more welcoming for tourists.
With regard to training, the truth is more and more professionals are seeking education/training elsewhere in Europe. In fact, I believe our education system is a major reason why people move abroad for opportunities, alongside population density.
@#12: I have nothing against restaurants. The foreigners aren't usually the chefs, we have very good Maltese chefs (I'm sure I've eaten food prepared by foreign chefs too, but I don't realise and I'm sure they are good anyway). But servers, waiters/waitresses, baristas etc are more often than not from elsewhere in Europe and have no clue of Maltese. You'd be surprised to know that despite English being an official language here, not everyone speaks it, and in my opinion very very few people speak it as fluently as Maltese. In Malta, English proficiency is still a social marker of either age or education. I don't mean to make the situation worse than it is; the vast majority of people will understand almost everything you say if you speak in English, but many struggle a lot to speak, read or write in English and that can be problematic in a restaurant setting.
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