Angelina vists refugees in her new home on Malta

Monday June 20, 2011

Angelina Jolie, goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for refugees, has continued to visit asylum-seekers in Malta and on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

After nearly one million people fled violence in Lybia and Tunisia, the A-lister has set out to tour the temporary camps and open centers where many victims are being detained.

She began her tour in Turkey, visting the Altinozu refugee camp near the Syrian border (pictured left).

In Malta the Salt actress visited and spoke with some of Malta's 1,500 refugees being held in detention centres.

Because of Malta's detention policy, these refugees must endure harsh conditions before the government will set them free.

Angelina has also visted the Lybian refugees in Lampudesa to thank its residents for welcoming in the estimated 20,000 migrants who arrived after fleeing unrest.

She then participated in a ceremony at Lampedusa's memorial for migrants lost at sea as part of commemorations for World Refugee Day.

"You cannot imagine what you represented to all those people this year who were looking desperately for help," Jolie was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency.

Angelina will be based in Malta while her partner Brad Pitt shoots his new movie, World War Z.

The pair were recently seen enjoying a day of family fun at a Maltese waterpark with their six children.

They were later spotted on a romantic date on Tuesday at Trattoria Da Pippo in the town of Valletta, which usually only serves lunch, but opened for dinner especially for them.

Photo: © UNHCR

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