Malta is looking into the possibility of using blockchain technology to help keep track of refugee applications, according to a European Commission paper on the subject.
Published earlier in May, the paper Blockchain for Digital Government looks at first movers in the EU when it comes to implementing digital ledger technology to national governance.
According to the paper, the Maltese government is currently exploring the expansion of a 2017 project that saw blockchain used to digitise educational certificates.
This, the paper says, could see credentials for refugees also move to this new system.
The emerging technology, the paper says, could be used for verification of identity and recording social aid obtained by refugees in European countries.
The legality of the blockchain-based issuance and verification of certificates is however considered a main barrier to deploy this solution on an international scale.
Blockchain is a decentralised digital database that keeps records of transactions and other information. Rather than having a central administrator like a traditional database, such as the case with banks, the blockchain ledger has a network of replicated databases,...




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