Lisbon (Agenzia Fides) - There are 115 institutions that are willing to accept refugees, according to information revealed by the first General Assembly of the support platform for Refugees (PAR). The High Commissioner for Migration considered that the membership and the work of PAR is an attitude "of inspiration for public administration", in a time when "it was necessary to create a common strategy at a national level", with regards to the integration of refugees.
Rui Marques, recently elected Coordinator of PAR (October 14), stressed that the reception and integration of refugees "is not just a logistical problem, it is much more: it is a question of civilization", and referring to the fact that many educational institutions have already joined the project, he underlined the utmost importance of the role of higher education institutions.
There is the presence of several diocesan Caritas, religious congregations, parish social centers, associations and schools linked to the Catholic Church in the list of these 115 institutions. In this first phase, it will be possible to accept 85 refugee families, for a total of 420 people. However later their number could increase to 135 families, 660 people. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 16/10/2015)