Humanitarian corridors in Europe

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Humanitarian corridors, what are they?

The humanitarian corridors are a programme realised by the Community of Sant'Egidio, together with the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy, the Waldensian Table and Caritas Italy. The programme, which is fully self-financed, makes it possible to issue visas for refugees from Syria and Sub-Saharan Africa in most vulnerable conditions. Their reception in structures or houses is at the expense of the signatory organisations. With these refugees, a path of integration is set out which includes learning the language, enrollment in schools for the children and starting to work..
The humanitarian corridors started in Italy in 2016 and have been replicated in France, Belgium and Andorra.


The main objectives of the humanitarian corridors

  • to avoid journeys of refugees on boats of death in de Mediterranean;
  • to counter the deadly business of smugglers and traffickers of men, women and children;
  • to grant persons in 'vulnerable conditions' (e.g. victims of persecution, torture and violence, families with children, single women, the elderly, the sick, people with disabillities) a legal entrance into Italian territory with a humanitarian visa, and subsequently the application of asylum;
  • to allow them to enter Italy in a way that is safe for all, also for those who welcome them, because the issuing of humanitarian visas requires necessary checks by the Italian authorities.


The file on the humanitarian corridoris (updated in September 2019)

To learn about the humanitarian corridors in Europe, in stories and figures, read the file that the Community of Sant'Egidio presented on the occasion of World Refugee Day.


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