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Refugee crisis: The role of religious actors
Europe is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Involving religious organizations in drafting and implementing policies to tackle this issue can maximize effective delivery of services to refugees and improve their integration process in the receiving countries.
For this reason, several projects of collaboration between religious actors, governments and NGOs have been put in place. To evaluate the benefits and challenges of the most promising ones, over 30 religious representatives, diplomats and policy makers joined the 8th policy dialogue on Religions and International Politics (13–14 March) promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI. (programme and list of participants here)
Special attention was given to the Humanitarian Corridors initiative launched in 2016 by the Italian government, the Comunità di Sant’Egidio and other religious organizations. This policy guarantees regular and safer entry mechanisms for refugees who are then more quickly integrated into the Italian society. (more information is available here).