From file: Migrants on board the Armed Forces of Malta vessel P22, rescued at sea by Italian coastguard vessels just outside Maltese waters, arriving at a maritime base at Hay Wharf, in Floriana, Malta | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/DOMENIC AQUILINA
Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska (C), with his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Nouris (left), Greek Immigration and Asylum Policies Minister Notis Mitarachi (second from left), Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese (second from right) and Malta's Interior Minister Byron Camilleri (right) at the start of the EU MED5 group meeting in Malaga, southern Spain, September 25, 2021 | Photo: EPA/DANIEL PEREZ
One of the rescue operations by the Ocean Viking on July 31 | Photo: ANSA / take from the Twitter feed of @SOSMedItalia
The operations marked one of the biggest single rescue missions | Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters
Migrant wait to be assisted by crew members of Open Arms in waters off Lampedusa on Thursday, July 29, 2021 | Photo: AP Photo/Santi Palacios/Picture-alliance
From file: A migrant boat rescued by Sea-Eye's Alan Kurdi | Photo: Joris Grahl / Sea-Eye
Three migrants had died by the time the Maltese armed forces reached the boat. 81 were rescued alive | Source: Screenshot from Sea-Watch International
The Ocean Viking has rescued 30,000 people in the past five years | Photo: SOS Méditerranée / Flavio Gasperini
Libyan coast guards on Wednesday intercepted a boat carrying 108 Europe-bound migrants and returned them to Tripoli | Photo: Picture alliance/dpa/XinHua | Hamza Turkia
Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese at the  "Governing Migration" conference in Rome | Photo: Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA
The German-flagged rescue vessel 'Nadir' rescued 86 people from the Mediterranean on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | Source: Twitter @resqship_int
This picture posted by @MSF_Sea on their Twitter page shows a rescue of 97 people from a wooden boat, carried on on June 11, 2021 | Source: Twitter @MSF_Sea