Jaume Asens, Deputy Mayor for Citizenship Rights of the Barcelona City Council, met with the Mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, on the occasion of the Italian city's accession to the Solidarity Cities initiative. They explored how to increase cooperation between cities to address the refugee crisis.

In a statement Sunday, Jaume Asens highlighted the tradition of collaboration between the two cities and announced that the incorporation of Naples will allow to "share best practices of both cities regarding policies of reception and integration of migrants and refugees."

The Solidarity Cities Initiative welcomes cities which want to have open reception policies based on social rights, with the objective of sharing information and technical assistance, in addition to lobbying for better EU financing of integration at local level.