The migrants - among them many families - travelled to Italy from Libya . They will be hosted by a Catholic charity. They originally hail from Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Yemen.
A total of 103 migrants, including a five-day old baby girl, travelled from Libya to Italy on December 19, where they landed at the military airport of Pratica di Mare near Rome.
Fifty-one will be hosted by the institution Pope John XXIII. The humanitarian corridor is managed by the Italian government in cooperation with the Catholic charity founded by Father Oreste Benzi.
'Entire families rescued', charity's president says
The president of the organization, Giovanni Paolo Ramonda, said that "entire families were rescued through this humanitarian corridor."
"Women, men and children from Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Yemen were rescued from Libyan detention centers," he explained. Ramonda said that they will now be hosted in homes managed by the organization "where they will be able to receive the support necessary to overcome the trauma they endured and start a new life."
The refugees will be hosted in Romagna (12 in Rimini and five in the province of Ravenna) and in Tuscany (34 in the province of Massa-Carrara). They will be living in some of the 201 homes managed by the association, which already hosts a total of 1,283 people of different ages and nationalities.
"We will work for the integration of these families, enrolling children in school and looking for a job" for adults, Ramonda said. "It's not simple but it is not possible to talk about true hospitality without real integration."