"We have to establish a blacklist of the major traffickers... so that police and law enforcement in Africa and in Europe can work together on a common objective," Tajani said yesterday after meeting the head of Libya's internationally backed government in Tripoli.
"If we do not manage to destroy these criminal organisations, it will be very difficult to fight against illegal immigration." Italy and Greece have until now recorded the biggest numbers of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach the European Union.
Tajani also suggested that refugee centres be set up "on the border between Niger and Libya" which could separate out genuine asylum seekers from "economic migrants".
A deal between Libya's vying leaders was brokered in May by France to hold elections this year, but scepticism remains that the vote will go ahead.
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