Category: Refugee Problem

George Soros on How to Address the EU’s Refugee Crisis

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros recently penned an op-ed in the New York Review, addressing the refugee crisis that’s taxed the capabilities of the European Union, a favorite topic of his since the beginning of this mass exodus. In this piece, George Soros attempts to address the issues the EU is facing as more people cross the border to European territories in a way that satisfies all parties.

The EU recognizes the bind that they’re in with the number of refugees on coming to their territory. In response to this need for attention, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held negotiations with the Turkish government in order to help accommodate refugees from the Middle East in countries in the region. Under this agreement Turkey and other countries will hold on to refugees within their territories, and their numbers will grow as refugees are brought back to to these countries from Europe.

In order to meet the demands of the job, George Soros suggests that the EU increase their funding for the management of the crisis in other countries while also instituting systematic reforms to their asylum granting process.

In order for the European Union on to be successful at this task, leaders must prioritize their funding, which is going to be needed to raise the quality of life in the Middle East, acting as a disincentive to refugees who are looking to Europe as a safe haven from violence in their home countries. This will hopefully slow the flow of refugees traveling to Europe. To Soros, an ideal number of 300,000 to 500,000 refugees a year would be more manageable for EU countries handling these people in need.

In order to reach these goals, the European Union would need an annual budget of approximately $34 billion, a great portion of which will need to be used int he Middle East. This budget will also be needed to form an agency that can oversee the process of granting asylum, maintaining standards in official facilities where refugees are housed, and better humanitarian crises like those seen in Hungary and Greece.

Getting these monies together can be done if member nations distribute the cost among themselves. However, this becomes increasingly difficult to do if the political will does not exist with EU leaders. Soros calls on EU leaders to help tamp down the resurgence of right-wing politics in countries like Germany that seek to alienate this immigrant population, which reinforces a criticism of many EU nations when it comes to keeping immigrants from fully assimilating, inviting the possibility for terrorist recruitment.

George Soros fled his native Hungary in 1947 in search of freedom. After living in the UK for a time, Soros moved to the United States where he excelled in finance, ultimately becoming one of the world’s wealthiest men.

Soros founded the Open Society Foundations, an organization that has fought in favor of human rights and transparent governments since 1974.