Italy, 97,912 Ukranian refugees have arrived so far

Including over 50,000 women, 35,000 children

22 April, 09:00

    (ANSA) - ROME, 22 APR - Italy has so far welcomed 97,912 people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, the Italian interior ministry said on Wednesday, April 20. More than 50,000 Ukrainian women and over 35,000 Ukrainian minors have reached Italy since the beginning of the war on February 24.

    A reported 97,912 people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine have reached Italy as of April 20, including 93,539 at the border and 4,373 checked by railway police in the northeastern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the interior ministry said. The increase, compared to April 19, was of 923 entries into Italy. Over 50,000 Ukrainian women have reached the national territory since the start of the war on February 24. The refugees who have arrived so far in fact include 50,612 women, 11,833 men and 35.467 minors. The cities of destination declared upon arrival in Italy continue to be mainly Milan, Rome, Naples and Bologna.

    'We are building inclusive processes for refugees', Bonetti says Italian Equal Opportunities and Family Minister Elena Bonetti told a congress of labor union FIM-CISL that the government is doing "all we can in order for the situation in Ukraine to be solved as soon as possible, restoring those conditions of freedom and self-determination for the Ukrainian people". The minister went on to say that "we immediately condemned without ifs and buts Russia's aggression and we are beside the Ukrainian people, also with material support".

    In particular, the minister told the gathering that she was personally committed to building "pathways to welcome the Ukrainian population fleeing those territories", guaranteeing their safe arrival, "avoiding any risk of human trafficking for women and children", and in particular promoting processes of "inclusion in our communities". "Housing is not enough", the minister noted, stressing the importance of initiatives to promote integration such as Italian-language courses, initiatives for children in schools and in particular for female refugees, "because we know that the majority of those arriving are women", including in the labor market. "For this, we are part of the coordination platform of the civil protection", with civil protection department chief Fabrizio "Curcio who is doing an extraordinary job, to help women in integration processes and to support municipalities", concluded the minister.

    (Ukrainian refugees welcomed in Sardinia.



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