Humanitarian corridors bring migrants to Italy and Belgium

07 October, 09:00

    (ANSAmed) - ROMA, 07 OTT - Humanitarian corridors bring new groups of asylum seekers to Italy and Belgium from Cyprus and Lebanon, with the last legs of the initiative carried out by the Sant' Egidio Community.

    New groups of asylum seekers have arrived in Italy and Belgium, thanks to the humanitarian corridors organized by the Sant' Egidio Community. On Wednesday morning ten asylum seekers arrived at Rome's Fiumicino airport. They come from Nicosia on the island of Cyprus, where they spent several months in the camps. The country has the highest per capita number of refugees in Europe. They will be hosted in Rome by Sant'Egidio, following Pope Francis' trip to Cyprus in December 2021. At the same time a new humanitarian corridor opens up in Belgium that will allow the legal and safe arrival of 250 people. The Brussels airport witnessed the arrival of 16 Syrian citizens, 6 of them minors.

    All of them had been refugees in Lebanon for years.

    The chance of a new life in Italy The one on 5 October is just the most recent refugee arrival in Italy thanks to the humanitarian corridors project. The previous arrival took on 30 September, with two flights from Athens carrying 27 asylum seekers coming from countries where conflicts are currently raging, in some cases for decades, such as Syria, Congo, Sudan and Cameroon. Many of the asylum seekers spent long periods of time in refugee camps on the Greek islands, such as Moria on the island of Lesbos. They were able to enter Italy thanks to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Sant' Egidio Community and the Italian ministry of Interior which permits asylum seekers to enter Italy safely and legally. This MOU pays particular attention to safeguarding the most vulnerable subjects, such as large family units and unaccompanied minors. The refugees - among them women traveling alone with their children- were sheltered in Rome and supported withe the goal of integrating them in the country: for children this takes place by registering them in school, for adults this means learning the Italian language and, once they obtain the refugee status, by starting to work.

    Europe has welcomed 5,200 refugees, 4,450 are in Italy Overall, the humanitarian corridor system, thanks to a network that is well connected, have allowed a total of 5,200 refugees to reach Europe: of these 4,450 are in Italy. In addition to them figures, 1,800 Ukrainian citizens, were also taken in by Sant' Egidio's Community in different European countries. "All of this thanks to projects that are entirely self-funded and the generosity, not just of associations, but also of religious congregations and parishes as well as Italian citizens who offered their homes and support pro bono", highlights Sant' Egidio.

    PHOTO: ( The Italian Vice Deputy for Foreign Affairs, Marina Sereni, welcomes a group of refugees at Fiumicino airport, 25 July, 2022. PHOTO/ARCHIVE/ANSA/Telenews) (ANSAmed).

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