Migrants: Gentiloni, corridors a good Italian example

Arrival in Rome of 93 Syrian refugees 'message for Europe'

29 February, 13:21

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 29 - Humanitarian corridors have "limited numbers but they are a clear message against human traffickers. A good Italian example the world should follow'' tweeted Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Gentiloni welcomed the first group of 93 Syrian refugees coming from UNHCR camps in Lebanon this morning at the Roman airport of Fiumicino.

    These refugees were brought to Italy through the humanitarian corridor established within the framework of the agreement reached in mid December between the Italian Government, the Sant'Egidio Community, the Federaton of Evangelical Churches in Italy and the Valdese Table.

    The arrival of this first group of refugees ''is also a message to Europe that at this very time there is no need of new walls or fences to confront the migrant crisis'', said the minister.

    What is needed at the moment ''is an array of different actions, more cooperation with Africa, a commitment to the ceasefire in Syria which is holding after the first 48 hours.

    The migration issue must be shared at the European level without unilateral decisions''.

    Humanitarian corridors "are not the solution but are part of it'' stressed Gentiloni, adding "if this Italian example will be followed by different European countries and also non European ones we could allow thousands of refugees to exercise their right to asylum safely and without terrible and unnecessary suffering ".

    ''This is therefore a small contribution, but it is part of a general solution necessary today'' said the minister, adding ''we hope in a positive contagion'' by other countries which may follow this example. (ANSAmed).

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