On World Refugee Day, Negro reflected on how Humanitarian Corridors could become a global model for the future.
“We are pleased that we have already been able to export the Humanitarian Corridors model in other countries. We are still hoping that even more countries do the same,” he said.
At times, national governments seem to be working in a completely different direction when it comes to the rights of refugees, reflected Negro. In the past couple of months, the Federation of Protestant Churches has been able to engage in a dialogue about refugees with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte.
Negro, along with the Community of Sant’Egidio, is calling for the opening of a European humanitarian corridor for at least 2,500 refugees from Libya.
Negro also urged people to reconsider their perception of a border. “We cannot make sharp division saying it’s okay for Humanitarian Corridors to do their work, but at the same time saying we cannot rescue people who drown in the sea.
“You cannot say you are in favor of Humanitarian Corridors while, at the same time, deciding that the ports will be closed. Letting people die in the sea is not an option. We should be ashamed of that.”