In his latest opinion piece for MarketWatch, philanthropist and business magnate George Soros comments on the refugee crisis wracking Europe. Soros criticizes the lack of a unified plan asylum policy in the European union, and states it is one of the main reasons that the once-manageable refugee problem transformed into an international incident.
“Each member state has selfishly focused on its own interests,” remarks Forbes billionaire George Soros, “…this precipitated panic among asylum seekers, the general public and the authorities responsible for law and order.”
Soros urges readers to remember that protecting the Syrian people should be the first priority of all nations, and that all other considerations should be secondary to humanitarian concerns. At the same time, we mustn’t forget the many other displaced peoples and asylum-seekers from other nations abroad.
The answer, according to Bloomberg, is maintaining potential asylum-seekers in designated areas close to their current countries. Ideally, this would allow Europe to absorb any prospective refugees at a more controllable rate, which would remove much of the strain from the process.
George Soros believes the best way to help these refugees adapt to life in Europe is to provide subsidy for settlers in the form of 15,000 Euros annually for the first two years in order to cover health, education, and housing. The European Union member states should also accept one million refugees per year at the very least, and the duty of caring for the refugees must be distributed fairly among member states of the European Union.
Since countries like Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey have already taken the lion’s share of refugees, Soros argues that Europe must step up to the plate to support the four million plus refugees currently living in those countries. European countries should provide enough aid to ensure that the basic medical needs of refugees are cared for. The systems of these volunteer countries are under incredible strain, and financial aid is most certainly needed to avoid exacerbating an already catastrophic humanitarian crisis.
George Soros also advocates for a singular agency handling asylum and migration in the European Union, along with an international EU Border Guard. He also believes safe paths of travel should be organized between Syria and destination countries in order to reduce the widespread panic.
Soros believes the secret to successfully integrating these millions of asylum-seekers is to swiftly mobilize the private sector, encouraging churches, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to take an active part in solving this international incident.
As one of the most well-known philanthropists in the modern world, Soros has remained a sound defender for the cause of freedom, helping the Soviet states peacefully transition into modern democratic systems in the latter half of the 20th century.