Greek president Sakellaropoulou visits Sant'Egidio

Meets with refugees who came via humanitarian corridors

16 September, 15:37

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, 16 SET - On Thursday morning, Greek president Katerina Sakellaropoulou was welcomed by the Comunità di Sant'Egidio in the Rome area Trastevere.

    A statement said that, following a visit to the Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica, where she was welcomed by the priest Marco Gnavi, the president went to a school of Italian language and culture run by the Comunità di Sant'Egidio and frequented over the years by thousands of immigrants as part of integration and reception programs.

    She there met with some refugee families that had arrived in Rome from Greece, mostly from the island of Lesbos, through humanitarian corridors as part of an agreement between Sant'Egidio and the Italian state in collaboration with Greek authorities for 300 vulnerable refugees.

    In attendance were some Afghans that had arrived in Rome in recent days and were welcomed by Sant'Egidio.

    The visit ended with a meeting with San'Egidio directors.

    Among the issues discussed was the need to respond urgently in Europe to growing poverty among the weakest sections of the population due to the pandemic and the need to take action on the issue of migration, which affects all EU states.

    It was underscored that humanitarian corridors make it possible to prevent refugees from being caught up in human trafficking rackets.

    The importance of peace was also stressed by Greece and Sant'Egidio in relation to both the Mediterranean area and all the Middle East, with special attention on the social and humanitarian emergency caused by the Afghan crisis. (ANSAmed).

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