The Pope announces “humanitarian corridors” for migrants

Pope Francis is trying to promote legal migration routes to Europe as an alternative to smuggling, which he says has turned the Mediterranean into a “cemetery”.

ByGIANFRANCO STARA Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met with thousands of refugees and charity groups helping them on Saturday as he sought to promote legal migration routes to Europe as an alternative to smuggling, which he says has turned the Mediterranean into a “cemetery”.

According to Ferenc, the “humanitarian corridors” operating in Italy since 2016 have saved lives and helped newly arrived migrants acclimatize, while church groups have provided housing, education and job opportunities.

“Humanitarian corridors are not only aimed at bringing refugees to Italy and other European countries, saving them from uncertainty, danger and endless waiting; they also work for integration,” he said.

Sant’Egidio Catholic Charities, the Union of Evangelical Churches and the Waldensian Church spearheaded an ecumenical humanitarian transfer initiative in Italy that brought more than 6,000 people to Europe, Francis was told.

Families from Syria, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Ukraine met the Pope in the Vatican auditorium.

“It was important for me to come here to show the world that humanitarian corridors are one of the most beautiful things this world has to offer to people who deserve safety and dignity,” said Oliver Chris I. Kabalisa, 22. . Rwanda, he said. “Because as refugees, we don’t leave our country because we want to, but because we are limited, we are forced to.”

Afghan refugee Nazani Shakvulla said women in her country are suffering, barred from education, work and travel, and need help from the Vatican and charity groups “to support humanitarian corridors and find ways to evacuate or path available for girls in Afghanistan. education.”

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