The influx of Tunisian migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy is back under control after a spike in numbers at the end of summer, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Saturday.

"After some problems over the course of the summer, the accord started to work very effectively again," he told reporters in Tunis, referring to a six-year-old agreement between the two countries aimed at curbing illegal immigration.

According to the International Organization for Migration, 1,357 Tunisians reached the Italian coastline between January and August, a number which jumped to more than 1,400 in the month of September alone.

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