A reception center for Afghan refugees set up by the Red Cross in Avezzano, Italy, in September 2021 | Photo: ANSA/Massimo Percossi
A reception center for Afghan refugees set up by the Red Cross in Avezzano, Italy, in September 2021 | Photo: ANSA/Massimo Percossi

The Italian government has announced that there are now 3,000 more spots within its system of reception and integration to host Afghans that have fled their country.

Italy's system of reception and integration (SAI) is expanding to allow in Afghans that have fled their home country since the Taliban took control of the government in August.

The interior ministry has announced that 3,000 more places have been made available thanks to funding for this express purpose from the National Fund for Asylum Policies and Services.

Better integration of Afghan refugees

The ministry said that it saw "the need to provide a number of additional places, taking into account the situation in Afghanistan, and to more efficiently meet reception needs of family units." They said that the expansion would facilitate the integration processes, marking a change in Italy's reception of Afghans fleeing the Taliban from "an emergency-based plan to a more regular one."

 

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