From file: A welcome banner at Fiumicino airport for a group of Syrian refugees who arrived in Italy through a humanitarian corridor sponsored by the Community of St. Egidio | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/TELENEWS
From file: A welcome banner at Fiumicino airport for a group of Syrian refugees who arrived in Italy through a humanitarian corridor sponsored by the Community of St. Egidio | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/TELENEWS

Thirty-four refugees from the Greek island of Lesbos arrived in Italy on Tuesday through a humanitarian corridor sponsored by the Community of St. Egidio.

On Tuesday morning (July 13), a group of 34 refugees arrived in Italy at Rome's Fiumicino airport from the Greek island of Lesbos. That's according to a statement from the Community of St. Egidio, which sponsored the humanitarian corridor.

The refugees were from 13 nations (including Afghanistan, Mali, Congo, Somalia and Syria).

The migrants "will be welcomed into our country according to the established and successful model of humanitarian corridors, which since February 2016 have allowed over 3,700 people to reach Italy, France, Belgium and Andorra safely and protected from human smugglers."

Refugees include eight minors and seven 18-year-olds

"This latest humanitarian corridor, made possible through a memorandum of understanding signed by the Community of St.Egidio and the interior ministry on September 22,2020, also includes eight unaccompanied minors and seven young adults who turned 18 in recent weeks while waiting for transfer," the statement said.

"These are young men and women who arrived in Greece as far back as 2019 and had very difficult journeys through Asia, Africa or the Middle East, experiencing mistreatment, exploitation and violence."

Minors accommodated in families and facilities The Community of St. Egidio said the minors "will be accommodated with families of the Papa Giovanni XXII Community Association and family-type facilities in some Tuscan communities (Livorno, Pisa, Scandicci), which together with the network of voluntary legal guardians in Tuscany, without availing themselves of any state funding, offered their availability."

 

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