Sant’Egidio: The experience of the Humanitarian Corridors

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

ASRC 2018 – “The OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and its neighborhood: challenges and opportunities arising from migration”.

Vienna, June 28th 2018


By Dr. Cesare Zucconi, Secretary General, Community of Sant’Egidio

On December 15th, 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding marking the opening of humanitarian corridors was signed in Rome between the Foreign Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Sant’Egidio Community, the Federation of Italian Evangelical Churches and the Waldensian Church. This is a highly innovative initiative promoted by civil society (and in particular Christian communities) availing itself of the cooperation of institutions.

Immigration is nowadays a globalised, unavoidable and complex phenomenon, not a fleeting emergency, which requires forward-looking policies, greater solidarity between nations as well as the participation of these societies especially as far as reception policies are concerned.

What are humanitarian corridors? I would like to dwell on the two main aspects of the ​​humanitarian corridors initiative. The first involves creating safe and legal arrivals in Europe avoiding deaths at sea and countering the exploitation of human beings by traffickers and those providing the boats. The second aspect involves an innovative integration process also