The community of Sant’Egidio, a global Catholic group for peace and justice, said it would help relocate 300 asylum seekers from the Greek island of Lesvos in Italy.
The move, which will primarily affect unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable people, will be carried out in collaboration with the Italian government, the community said in a statement.
“This is Italy’s response to the European Union’s call,” Italy’s Interior Ministry said in the same statement. Sant’Egidio said the move followed a fire that destroyed the overcrowded Moria camp earlier this month.
The group said the fire had “made life impossible for thousands of migrants on Lesvos.”
The European Union announced on Wednesday a major overhaul of the rules of its asylum system in the hope that more of its members will finally be ready to share the responsibility of those who disembark on the coasts of the continent.