Italian mayors continue to protest against the
refugee policy of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The Italian government passed a
new immigration law on 28 November that makes it easier to expel migrants and
abolishes humanitarian residence permits. The mayors of Palermo and Naples
declared their willingness to open their cities' ports to civilian
rescue ships, but before Christmas Salvini reiterated that the ports should
remain closed. The mayors of Florence, Bari and Milan are also protesting against the
new regulations. In response, Salvini has demanded that they resign.