Italy received 114 migrants from Libya in the humanitarian corridor organized by Christian charities. Prime Minister Giorgia Maloni’s rightist government stated that they support legal migration channels.
The migrants arrived in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport several weeks later after a violent spat with France and Italy. This occurred when Rome refused to take a boat carrying more than 200 migrants on board.
“We are against human smugglers and support integration. This is what we want on the African continent, as well as in Middle East to defeat wars and famines, said Antonio Tajani, Foreign Minister.
Matteo Piantedosi, Interior Minister, was also present.
Catholic and Protestant organizations fund the ‘humanitarian path’. It aids refugees fleeing conflict, and allows them to rebuild their lives in Italy.
According to the Italian Catholic group The Community of Sant’Egidio (a Catholic group), more than 5,000 refugees hailing from Libya, Pakistan, Lebanon and Pakistan have arrived in Italy since 2016, when they opened the corridors.
This compares to the nearly 95,000 North African boat migrants who arrived in Italy last year. It is also higher than the 63,000 migrants who arrived in the same time period in 2021 according to data from the interior ministry.
According to the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 2,000,000 people seek refuge in safe countries.
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