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Italy's rightist government welcomes migrants airlifted from Libya

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Italy received 114 migrants from Libya on Wednesday (30 November) as part of a humanitarian corridor' organized by Christian charities. Members of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's rightist administration stated that they support legal migration channels.

After a violent spat between France and Italy, the migrants arrived at Rome's Fiumicino Airport weeks later. This was triggered when Rome refused to accept a charity-run boat for migrants with more than 200 people aboard.

"We oppose human smugglers, and we support a path to integration. This is what we want to do on the African continent as well as in the Middle East to defeat wars, famine, and terrorism," Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani was quoted as saying.

Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi was also present.

The 'humanitarian route' is a project that Catholic and Protestant organisations fund. It helps refugees fleeing conflict and gives them the chance to rebuild their lives here in Italy.

The Community of Sant'Egidio, an Italian Catholic group, claims that more than 5,000 refugees from Pakistan, Lebanon, and Libya have arrived in Italy since 2016, when the corridors were opened.

This is compared to the almost 95,000 boat migrants from North Africa who have arrived in Italy in the past year, up from the 63,000 that arrived in the same period in 2021, according to interior ministry data.

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The UN refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports that more than 2,000,000 people seek asylum in safe countries.

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