ROME, APRIL 10 – On April 27 a new group of refugees will arrive in Italy thanks to the “humanitarian corridors”, a humanitarian initiative that “proves how integration and open doors can go hand in hand”, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mario Giro announced on Monday in Rome, opening the conference “Migrations and Development” organised by the Italian Development Cooperation Agency.
“We just signed an agreement with Ethiopia”, Giro announced, predicting that conditions will be soon in place to translate the initiative, sponsored by religious Ngos, into a law.
The main theme of Monday’s conference is uprooting poverty, reducing inequalities, improving people’s living conditions and promoting sustainable and inclusive development. The first session, chaired and moderated by the Director General of Development Cooperations, Pietro Sebastiani, included contributions by Giampiero Gramaglia on the connection between development and migration, Paola Alvarez of the International Organisation for Migration and Luigi Maria Vignali, Principal Director for Migration Policies and Visas of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), who will speak on how the Fund for Africa is instrumental to establishing partnerships on migration management.
The second session, chaired by the Director of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS), Laura Frigenti., is focusing on the testimony of civil society organisations and on several virtuous examples of the engagement of the private sector, especially in key aspects in combating the deep-set cause of migration, such as agriculture, water resources and energy. (@OnuItalia)