Migrants and locals are invited to partake of a meal on a 270-meter long table in front of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The initiative, called ‘Italian Dinner without Walls’ is intended to send out a message of solidarity and inclusion to the nation. Italy’s populist government has repeatedly declared Italian waters closed to NGO rescue vessels. As a result, several boats have been left stranded at sea, with many migrants dead as they attempt to reach Italy from Libya. Since mid-2017, the number of migrant journeys has declined dramatically because Italy has engaged Libyan forces to stop migrants from setting off or to return them to Libya if found at sea—a policy condemned by human rights organisations.