Vulnerable Syrian refugees welcomed at Brussels Airport

Members of Belgium's Sant'Egidio community welcomed a group of 29 Syrian refugees to Belgium at Brussels Airport on Saturday morning.  The refugees are being taken care of here as part of the humanitarian corridor project.

To implement the humanitarian corridor Belgium reached an agreement with the Sant'Egidio community that is collaborating with all of Belgium's recognised faiths to realise this project.  The Syrians arrived here from Turkey travelling on a humanitarian visa.  In coming days they will file for asylum.  They will not pass through the regular asylum reception system, but will be hosted in Belgian families.

Hilde Kieboom of Sant'Egidio: "The families support the refugees and assist them in their contacts with the immigration department, in finding a school and ensure they are not isolated.”

Under the project 150 vulnerable refugees will be welcomed here.  So far 101 of their number have arrived.