Italy receives 4th group of Syrian refugees via “humanitarian corridors”

ROME, June 16 (KUNA) — A new group of Syrian refugees on Thursday arrived in Rome from Beirut as part of the “humanitarian corridors” initiative that started in February.
The initiative aims to stop refugees from making the perilous journey to Europe by sea.
Co-organized by Italy’s foreign and interior ministries as well as the Sant’Egidio Catholic community, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Valdese Evangelical Church, the project got underway in February, with some 200 refugees since being flown to Italy on commercial flights from the Lebanese capital, as part of the ‘experimental’ stage.
Refugees including 29 Christians and 52 Muslims, among them 30 children arrived on Alitalia flight at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
On arrival, the group was received at a special hall by officials of the humanitarian project, and will be later distributed on homes and reception facilities in seven Italian provinces, and the microstate of the San Marino Republic.
This is the fourth group of Syrian refugees to arrive in Italy since the launch of the humanitarian initiative on February 29, totaling 281.
The project includes 1,000 refuges Italy would receive over two years. (end) mn.msa