An article in Breitbart news makes it seems that Italy is engaged in some type of reverse migrant ransom scheme. They are pledging to pay a number of African countries to not allow migrants to flee to Italy. It is not clear if the money is intended to actually help the migrants with the problems that they have at home or if it is some type of bribe to these African countries to use whatever methods they can to stop the refugee migrants. It may be an ill conceived plan.
Italy Pledges €200 Million Fund To Discourage Immigration From African Countries