Italy has been accepting groups of Syrian refugees, flying them in by plane and sparing them the risk of dangerous sea and border crossings.
I feel happy here but a little nervous, you know, stressed, new life, a new place I've never been
The first arrivals were greeted on February 4. On Monday another group of 93 flew into Rome airport on a commercial flight from Beirut.
The refugees had been living in camps in Lebanon after fleeing the civil war; they have been granted humanitarian visas.
“I feel happy here but a little nervous, you know, stressed, new life, a new place I’ve never been. My dreams are not that big a dream. I just want to continue my studying, work, have a normal life,” said Mirvat Sayeg, a 23 year-old refugee from Aleppo.
“I saw a lot of good people today and I think it will be a good journey for me to start my career here and have a new future,” added 29-year-old Nakhle Abbpoud.
The project was launched by Italian religious organisations including Catholic and Protestant churches, and the lay organisation the Community of Sant’Egidio.
The plan is for a larger number of refugees to come to Italy legally via the new “humanitarian corridor” by air.
The country’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has hailed the scheme as a model for other countries to follow.
#corridoiumanitari: volo #profughi a Fiumicino;
Paologentiloni</a>, messaggio a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Europa?src=hash">#Europa</a> <a href="https://t.co/Fae71XPs5R">https://t.co/Fae71XPs5R</a> <a href="https://t.co/GaH8AMdb1R">pic.twitter.com/GaH8AMdb1R</a></p>— OnuItalia (Onuitalia) 29 February 2016