I would like to mention specifically here several things linked with our Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean. The mandate of that operation, which is the EU's operation together with member states, gave in 2016 the possibility of arresting smugglers and taking away the means of migration, meaning the ships.
The third element for that operation was to increase the capacity of Libyan coast guards. To mention just a few examples, because of that operation, we managed to arrest around 200 individuals who were directly involved in smuggling operations. Secondly, because of the operation, we managed to dismantle or take away approximately 500 ships that were involved in illegal migration activities.
Last but not least, if you look at the events taking place outside the Libyan coast, due to the increase in the capacity of the Libyan coast guards, basically during the last couple of months, the numbers were significantly decreasing, because all the operations were contained and managed by the Libyan coast guards, which did not exist before.
The short answer to your question is that there is a lot of ongoing illegal activity, and there is a lot of need to be active in attacking or tackling it. If you know where to address it, then smuggling activities might go down.