Afghan civilians at Fiumicino airport near Rome after an evacuation flight from Kabul | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ANGELO CARCONI
Afghan civilians at Fiumicino airport near Rome after an evacuation flight from Kabul | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ANGELO CARCONI

The European University Institute (EUI) of Fiesole (Florence) has made some of its facilities available to house Afghan asylum seekers through an agreement between the university, the diocese of Fiesole and the Caritas Florence Foundation.

The European University Institute (EUI) of Fiesole (Florence) in Italy has opened its doors to Afghan asylum seekers, including a family and a young woman.

The EUI on Monday (October 25) signed an agreement with the diocese of Fiesole and the Caritas Florence Foundation about welcoming asylum seekers and refugees at the university facilities.

EUI also joined the UNHCR Unicore project, through which two refugee students in Ethiopia received a scholarship.

'There's a solidarity movement'

"At the Institute, students learn about migration policies and international treaties on the right to asylum, but this is accompanied by a tradition of concrete hospitality, which gives tangible results both for our guests and for the training of our researchers," said EUI President Renaud Dehousse.

Fiesole Bishop Msgr Mario Meini said, "If each European university were limited to welcoming even just five refugees, it would already be an important step forward for integration."

EUI Secretary General Marco Del Panta said the academic community of students, professors and administrators also contributes to integrating the hosted refugees.

"There is a solidarity movement. There are people who take them out for social activities, who go with them to the canteen every day. There is a good mobilisation to show how we live in society."

 

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