The European Union's executive arm has proposed a 10-point action plan for dealing with the unprecedented migrant influx.
Action 1: Provide more money and assets for EU operations in the Mediterranean and extend their operational area.
Reality check: No country has announced it will provide more funds or assets.
Action 2: Capture and destroy boats used by smugglers.
Reality check: There might be legal obstacles. Many pirate boats are stolen and could be owned by EU citizens.
Action 3: Step up co-operation and information-gathering
between the EU's police, legal, asylum and border agencies.
Reality check: EU member states are notoriously reluctant to share information.
Action 4: Deploy teams from the EU's asylum agency to process asylum applications.
Reality check: Generally seen as a good thing.
Action 5: Ensure the fingerprinting of all migrants.
Reality check: This is supposed to happen already.
Action 6: Consider options for emergency relocation that would ease pressure on countries such as Italy, Greece and Malta.
Reality check: While paying lip service to burden-sharing, member states are reluctant to provide resources.
Action 7: Launch an EU-wide voluntary project on resettling people.
Reality check: Some countries do not have even the minimum EU accommodation standards to host refugees.
Action 8: Establish a program for the rapid return of migrants refused EU residency.
Reality check: In 2013, EU member states rejected the applications of 425,875 people; less than 40 per cent were sent back.
Action 9:Engage with Libya's neighbours to stop the flow of people into the conflict-torn country.
Reality check: While logical as longer-term policy, this will not save lives in the short-term.
Action 10: Deploy immigration officers to key countries – Niger, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey – to gather intelligence.
Reality check: Humanitarian groups criticize outsourcing asylum screening abroad.