Italy is set to renew its current cooperation with the Tripoli UN recognised government under which the Libyan coast guard intercepts migrant ships and returns them to Libyan detention and relocation centres. The deal was first reached in February 2017 in an attempt to slow the flow of illegal migrants and asylum seekers to Italy, one of the closest points for Africans trying to reach Europe.
The deal was set to expire November 2, 2019 and will be renewed automatically, unless one of the parties decides to end their cooperation. Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio told parliament that it would be "unwise for Italy to break off its agreement." and that "it is undeniable that it has reduced the number of arrivals and deaths at sea."
Some in Italy sought to amend the agreement to improve the humanitarian situation for those migrants returned to Libya, especially the resettlement programs.