Hello Kate, We hope to finish the pilot by the end of this year, by providing refugees from Syria with the the visas issued thus far. Within 3 years, we are working to secure more visas from both governments to also accept refugees from Ethiopia (for Eritrean Refugees) and from Morocco (for African Refugees from the Sahel region). By replicating the pilot and expanding it to other areas, we hope to create the institutional capacity in both Italy and France to continue this as part of their policies.
One of the major areas of political resistance that we have seen is that certain European governments say that they are already inundated with migrants and they do not have the resources welcome more. To overcome this, we are working at both a political and cultural level to change the framework. One way we are working on this is that Sant'Egidio will focussignificantly on this issue in our next annual International Meeting for Peace (see this article for brief history: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katherine-marshall/assisi-praying-together-f_b_12153874.html), which will be in Germany and will include hundreds of political,cultural, intellectual, and religious leaders from around the Europe and the world. We are also mobilizing grass-root communities hold local demonstrations and to respond directly in providing assistance the migrants already arrived. These actions aim to both recognize the work already being done by civil society and to empowering others to care.