The first two flights have landed in Italy under the humanitarian corridor program for migrants stuck in camps in Libya, the Italian Interior Ministry said Friday.
"Today is a historic day: a humanitarian corridor from Libya to Europe has opened for the first time," Interior Minister Marco Minniti, who greeted the arrivals, said.
European countries have been experiencing a severe migration crisis since 2015 due to the influx of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing violence around their homes in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
161 among the most vulnerable migrants being transferred from #Libya to #Italy through a humanitarian corridor in cooperation with @UNHCRLibya & @GovernmentLY.— Italy in Libya (@ItalyinLibya) 22 декабря 2017 г.
Advancing Italy‘s strategy agnst illegal #migration & human smuggling by creating legal frameworks for migrants in need pic.twitter.com/FBUSiIpG1o
Hundreds of thousands of migrants are trying to reach EU states using various routes, mostly via Greece or Italy.