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Renzi: EU can't leave it to Italy to stop migrant 'slavery'; calls for refugee camps in Africa

  • In this Monday, April 20, 2015, file photo, survivors of the smuggler's boat that overturned off the coast of Libya rest on the deck of the Italian Coast Guard ship Bruno Gregoretti, in Valletta's Grand Harbour. The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that more than 800 people were believed to have drowned in the weekend sinking of a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe, making it the deadliest such disaster in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Lino Azzopardi, File)

    In this Monday, April 20, 2015, file photo, survivors of the smuggler's boat that overturned off the coast of Libya rest on the deck of the Italian Coast Guard ship Bruno Gregoretti, in Valletta's Grand Harbour. The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that more than 800 people were believed to have drowned in the weekend sinking of a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe, making it the deadliest such disaster in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Lino Azzopardi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescued migrants disembark from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbor of Augusta, Sicily, Southern Italy, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Italy pressed the European Union on Wednesday to devise concrete, robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants on smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean, including setting up refugee camps in countries bordering Libya. Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti also said human traffickers must be targeted with military intervention. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

    Rescued migrants disembark from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbor of Augusta, Sicily, Southern Italy, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Italy pressed the European Union on Wednesday to devise concrete, robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants on smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean, including setting up refugee camps in countries bordering Libya. Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti also said human traffickers must be targeted with military intervention. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescued migrants line up after disembarking from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbor of Augusta, Sicily, Southern Italy, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Italy pressed the European Union on Wednesday to devise concrete, robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants on smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean, including setting up refugee camps in countries bordering Libya. Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti also said human traffickers must be targeted with military intervention. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

    Rescued migrants line up after disembarking from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbor of Augusta, Sicily, Southern Italy, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Italy pressed the European Union on Wednesday to devise concrete, robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants on smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean, including setting up refugee camps in countries bordering Libya. Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti also said human traffickers must be targeted with military intervention. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)  (The Associated Press)

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says the European Union must rapidly devise a long-range, comprehensive policy to stop the flood of migrants setting out from Libya, including establishing refugee camps in Niger, Sudan and elsewhere in Africa with U.N. assistance.

Italy has been rescuing hundreds of migrants daily from distressed boats in the Mediterranean. Some 800 people are believed dead in a shipwreck last weekend alone.

Renzi told Parliament Wednesday on the eve of an EU emergency summit on migrants that Italy's "noble, generous reaction alone isn't enough."

"We are asking Europe to be Europe, not just when it's time to devise a budget."

He said broad, long-term EU strategy, with wider sea patrols and a robust presence in southern Libya, would help combat "21st-century slave drivers" of migrants.