Tunisian Interior Minister Taoufik Charfeddine (R) speaks with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi (L), at the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior in Tunis, Tunisia | Photo: EPA/Tunisian Interior Minister Press Service
From left to right: Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, Tunisian Interior Minister Taoufik Charfeddine, Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi and Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani during a meeting in Tunis | Photo: ANSA/Claudio Peri
Just one week ago, these migrants disembarked from the Ocean Viking in the northern Italian port of Ravenna  | Photo: Frey Lindsay
From file: Wreath of flowers thrown into the sea during the October 3, 2019 commemoration of 366 victims of a shipwreck that took place in 2013 off Lampedusa | Photo: Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/ANSA
Austrian border authorities have noted a drop irregular crossings
People in a dinghy off the coast of Libya with a ship in the background | Photo: Picture-alliance/AP Photo/O.Calvo
A Carabinieri police car | Photo: Carabinieri/ANSA
About 80% of all migrant deaths are reportedly due to drowning during sea crossings | E. Morenatti/AP Photo/picture-alliance
From file: The EU will offer more support to Tunisia to prevent migrants from departing for Europe | Photo: Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu/picture-alliance
A boat carrying migrants is intercepted during an operation carried out by the Tunisian National Guard off the city of Sfax in the south of Tunisia on October 28, 2022. | Photo: Yassine Gaidi / Anadolu Agency / picture alliance
A boat overturned south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The migrants were rescued by the Spanish NGO Open Arms. August 11, 2022 | Photo: Francisco Seco / picture-alliance
The casket of a two-year-old girl at the local health clinic of Lampedusa after the boat on which she was travelling with her mother capsized some 10 miles south of the island on December 18, 2022 | Photo: ANSA/ELIO DESIDERIO