Forty-eight people landed at Rome's Fiumicino airport on Friday, January 28 with a flight from Athens via a humanitarian corridor promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio.
A total of 48 people on Friday (January 28) arrived at Fiumicino airport in Rome from Athens thanks to humanitarian corridors organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio.
The asylum seekers include citizens of Afghanistan, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria and Somalia who spent long periods of time in refugee camps on the Greek islands, including the facility on Lesbos which was recently visited by Pope Francis during his trip to Greece and Cyprus.
The asylum seekers, who have all fled war and dire living conditions, reached Europe after dangerous journeys from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, during which they were abused and exploited, the organizers of the humanitarian corridors said.
Asylum seekers to stay in 10 regions
Those travelling with their family or alone -- including unaccompanied minors -- will be hosted in 10 Italian regions: Lazio, Basilicata, Friuli, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, Sicily, Tuscany and Trentino.
After quarantining as part of anti-Covid measures, they will be enrolled in integration programs. Minors will start attending school while adults will start learning Italian and, once they have obtained refugee status, they will be helped to find employment.
Overall, with the system of humanitarian corridors, a total of 4,400 refugees have reached Europe in recent years, including 3,600 who are in Italy. The corridors are self-funded and organized via a widespread hosting network that arranges the transfers together with the authorities.