European Union leaders have announced that they will be embracing a plan to "stem illegal flows into the EU" as part of "a sustainable migration policy" to ensure effective control of Europe's external border.
Speaking at a summit in Malta on Friday European Council President Donald Tusk said the 28 countries in the Union had agreed to "work with the IOM to step up voluntary returns from Libya to countries of origin" as well boosting training, equipment and support to the Libyan coast guard.
The agreement was reached less than 24 hours after Italy and Libya reached a deal which called for more support for the Libyan Coast Guard and the "humanitarian repatriation" of migrants, with a possible economic deal in the pipeline.
More than 700 people have been rescued from the Mediterranean in the last 36 hours.
The UK will offer help to Latin American and Asian countries which need migrants, to be able to take them in.
The European Union summit will see leaders discuss the migrant crisis between Italy and Libya, defence and Nato, and Donald Trump.