Humanitarian corridors: 152 Afghan refugees in Rome; Sant’Egidio, Italy is the leader

Humanitarian corridors: 152 Afghan refugees in Rome; Sant’Egidio, Italy is the leader
Humanitarian corridors: 152 Afghan refugees in Rome; Sant’Egidio, Italy is the leader
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ROME, NOVEMBER 24 – “Italy should lead the humanitarian corridors in Europe, a project that is no longer experimental, but consolidated, to propose it to the whole European Union as a model of reception and integration for those in need of humanitarian protection” . Thus Marco Impagliazzo, president of the Community of Sant’Egidio, who this morning welcomed 152 Afghan refugees, who came from Pakistan with the humanitarian corridors, thanks to a protocol with the Italian state and the collaboration of the Italian embassy in Islamabad. Also welcoming the refugees was mgr. Giuseppe Baturi, Secretary General of the CEI, Libero Ciuffreda, member of the Council of the FCEI and Filippo Miraglia, national immigration manager of Arci.

“All of Italy celebrates your arrival, welcomes you and wants to give a future, through a home, school and work, to families that the war seemed to have denied it. In August 2021, when the borders of Afghanistan closed, we made a promise: we will not forget you! We have not forgotten you and have prepared a home for you. Today we are happy to welcome you. Help us build a common future here in Italy,” Impagliazzo said.

The Afghan citizens, some of whom have been refugees in Pakistan for over a year, will be welcomed by associations, religious congregations, communities and individual citizens in various Italian regions and 2 will participate in an integration process: for minors through immediate enrollment in school and for adults, immediately with the learning of the Italian language and, once the refugee status has been obtained, entry into the working world.

The humanitarian corridors, entirely self-financed by the proposing bodies and supported by the generosity and commitment of many Italian citizens, represent a best practice that combines solidarity and security. Overall, with this system, thanks to a widespread reception network, over 5,300 refugees have arrived in Europe, to which are added over 1,800 Ukrainian citizens, welcomed by the Community of Sant’Egidio in various European countries. More arrivals in Rome from Lebanon and Libya are expected in the coming days. (@ONUItalia)

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