Syria: France opens humanitarian corridor for refugees

Hollande at signature accord with Secours Catholique, S.Egidio

14 March, 15:46

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, MARCH 14 - After Italy, France in cooperation with several associations including Secours Catholique and the community of S. Egidio, is opening a ''humanitarian corridor'' between Lebanon and France to guarantee that refugees from the Syrian conflict are welcomed.

    The agreement for the arrival in France of 500 refugees was signed today at the presence of President Francois Holland and will enable refugees at the border between Syria and Lebanon to be granted an asylum visa for France. They will be flown into France and obtain the refugee status.

    ''Indifference is our main adversary when there is a situation of crisis'', said Hollande. But ''intolerance is even worse than indifference as it consists in not wanting to welcome and pushing on fear to prevent solidarity''.

    ''France - recalled Hollande - is the second country to create these humanitarian corridors after Italy''. (ANSAmed).

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