Immigration, integration, future. Marco Marazziti's book
Immigration, integration, future. Marco Marazziti’s book

On July 6 at Palazzo Borromeo, headquarters of the Italian Embassy to the Holy See, the event “Immigration, integration, future. Humanitarian corridors and social rebirth in Italy” took place.

Ambassador Francesco Di Nitto opened the event, organized in collaboration with the Community of Sant’Egidio. During the event, journalist Mario Marazziti presented his book “Porte aperte. Viaggio nell’Italia che non ha paura.”

Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference; Luciana Lamorgese, Italy’s Minister of the Interior; Luigi Maria Vignali, Director General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mario Impagliazzo, President of the Community of Sant’Egidio; and Daniele Garrone, President of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy attended the conference.

Marazziti’s book is a collection of stories of people who have helped integration, overcoming mistrust towards all those who are “different”. It also describes the experience of the humanitarian corridors network promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Italian Episcopal Conference.

The event on immigration and integration in Vatican City
The event on immigration and integration in Vatican City

In her speech, Minister Lamorgese pointed out that “since 2015, legal migration corridors have allowed over 7,000 people to enter our country safely.” This approach offers numerous advantages: first, the corridors guarantee the security of refugees. They also help break the business model of human traffickers and are an instrument of protection and international solidarity.

There is an additional and fundamental aspect that humanitarian corridors highlight,” Ms. Lamorgese added. “I am talking about the bond that emerges between refugees and their hosts: something that eliminates distrust and fear, thus overturning, in a positive sense, the narrative that accompanies the migration phenomenon.

In this context, Italy continues to be a model for other European countries. “We are working to strengthen one of the founding principles of the Union, that of solidarity among member states.”

Integration: Libyan refugees arrive in Rome through a humanitarian corridor
Integration: Libyan refugees arrive in Rome through a humanitarian corridor

The proof is the approval, at the last EU Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg, of a solidarity mechanism to help first-entry member states. “We have finally achieved,” the minister points out, “the fair balance between the principles of solidarity and responsibility that has always been the backbone of the Italian position on migration governance at the European level.”

This progress was also possible “thanks to the cooperation with the other EU Mediterranean countries of first entry, which culminated with the Med5 summit in Venice on June 3-4,” Minister Lamorgese concluded.

The video of the evening is available on Radio Radicale‘s website.