The refugee crisis is real in Europe. It is only second to the euro crisis. If not well handled, the refugee crisis on http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/george-soros/ could just as well disintegrate the European Union. But there is a way out. A well thought plan could turn the seemingly disadvantageous position into tangible benefits for the Europe. And EU does not need to do any extraordinary thing. They only need an effective plan. Something that will employ on http://www.marketwatch.com/story/george-soros-heres-my-plan-to-solve-the-asylum-chaos-2015-09-29 what is readily available at hand. They need to mobilize for financial resources, a specialized agency to handle the matter and most importantly, political goodwill.
In a well detailed three-point plan by George Soros, the refugee crisis can just as well be turned into something of the past by joint effort of EU without necessarily breaking its back. The article which was published via The New York Review of Books titled “Europe: A Better Plan for Refugees” is a well-thought plan that looks at all the available options, examines all the likely scenarios and give qualified solutions to the issue.
George Soros is an American philanthropist and investor with a far-reaching passion for assisting in the refugee crisis situation. For more than 30 years, George Soros has prominently championed democratic ideals and causes in more than 100 countries. He uses the Open Society Foundation as a vehicle for his charitable cause.
In the current refugee crisis, George Soros first questions the asylum policy that was arrived at from some EU-Turkey negotiations that have already led to the migration of thousands of refugees from Greece to Turkey. He sees this as a ploy by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and thus its position not truly European-centered as such. There is also the aspect of it being hugely underfunded and thus not being able to meet its expectations. Thirdly it is not voluntary and thus killing the humanitarian essence.
According to Soros, the first and most important issue is securing a political goodwill for a comprehensive refugee policy. This will rally all the member states of the EU to back a plan that solves the crisis in a far-reaching manner. Such members as Germany that appear to be holding an upper hand in what is to be followed are to be brought to the centre of the plan. Most important is to demonstrate how much important it is to hold hands in a ‘total’ solution that will have far-reaching implications.
Second is to sourcing for the needed funds. With the right political climate, sourcing for funds becomes a walk in the park. At least Û30 billion is required a year for fueling the plan. As much as the amounts may sound too high, EU can raise. One way would be to use the available tax avenues to generate the numbers. Another is to utilize EU’s triple-A credit rating to source for cheap funds internationally.
Once the political climate has been set right and the financial resources made available, Soros recommends for the formation of a dedicated agency to organize for refugee accommodation. The refugees will be allowed to choose their preferred countries in Europe. They will be advised of countries that readily take in refugees and those that will take long on the line to gain access.
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