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Refugees, "to save and integrate": on 4th June new arrival from Lebanon with Humanitarian Corridors by Sant’Egidio and Protestant Churches

May 31 2019 - ROME, ITALY

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More than 2,500 refugees have safely arrived in Europe thanks to civil society project

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On Tuesday 4th June, 58 Syrian refugees from Lebanon will safely arrive at Fiumicino airport, thanks to the Humanitarian Corridors promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Waldensian Table, in agreement with the Ministries of the Interior and of Foreign Affairs. With them, more than 2,500 people have been welcomed and integrated in Europe throughout  a full self-financed civil society project, which started in Italy and has been adopted by many different countries.

In times where helping those in need appears to be increasingly difficult, the model launched by Sant'Egidio and the Protestant Churches - and replicated by other associations – proves it is possible to save those fleeing from war and dangerous situations. Since February 2016 over 2,000 have already arrived in Italy (more than 1,500 from Lebanon, another 500 from Ethiopia), with other 500 who arrived in France, Belgium and Andorra.

To welcome refugees and attend the press conference the meeting time is scheduled for 11am on Tuesday 4th June.

Speakers will include Marco Impagliazzo, president of the Community of Sant’Egidio, Luca Maria Negro, president of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy, Alessandra Trotta of the Waldensian Table, along with representatives of the Interior and Foreign Ministries.