After an unprecedented wave of migrants arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, the European Union on Sunday presented an emergency plan to help Rome manage the country's refugee crisis.

Iran PressEurope: EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged the swift return of irregular migrants to their home countries and a crackdown on the brutal business of migrant smuggling Sunday during a visit with Italy’s premier to a tiny fishing island overwhelmed with nearly 7,000 arrivals in a single day this week.

Tensions have spiked on the island, which is closer to Tunisia than the Italian mainland, with residents expressing impatience with the constant flow of migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa arriving on their shores not just this week but for decades. Migrant numbers this week briefly surpassed that of the island’s residents, who have been witness to countless tragedies.

“We will decide who comes to the European Union, and under what circumstances. Not the smugglers, von der Leyen declared after touring the island’s hotspot. The Red Cross said 1,500 migrants remained in the center built to accommodate hundreds. 219