Soros sees a fundamental problem with the European Union nations’ lack of planning and a common asylum policy. The current panic over the huge influx of refugees from Syria has much to do with selfishness of each country’s interest rather than dealing with the problem on a unified basis. In his mind, the refugees are not the problem causing the panic, they are the victims.
But Soros, who experienced first-hand the chaos in Europe of displaced refugees trying to return home after WWII ended, realizes the solution to the current refugee problems is not going be solved by the EU members alone. He is calling for a global response through actions taken by the United Nations to distribute Syrian refugees over a larger number of member countries.
Soros has presented his rescue plan divided into six parts.
Monetary. The EU needs to provide 15,000 euros ($16,800) per asylum-seeker to cover housing, health-care and education costs for two years. The funds can be raised by issuing long-term bonds.
Assistance to Middle-east countries. Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey need global funding to support the four million refugees who have been displaced by the fighting in Iraq and Syria and are living in those countries . He estimates that cost at 5,000 euros per person or 20 billion euros total.
Single Asylum and Migration Agency. There are currently 28 separate asylum agencies across Europe and the Middle-east attempting to direct the refugee situation. One single agency would eliminate the inefficient and inconsistent procedures that now choke the system.
Safe corridors. Starting with the asylum-seekers fleeing Syria for Greece and Italy across the Mediterranean, safe and supervised travel corridors much be established to eliminate panic and untimely deaths. His analysis is that if asylum-seekers see they have a good chance to ultimately reach Europe safely, they will be more likely to remain where they are and wait.
Acceptable Standards of treatment. No comprehensive plan for the resettlement of refugees would be complete without a standardized set of rules dictating the humanistic treatment of all migrant and refugee asylum-seekers.
Mobilize the private sector. Soros recognizes governments cannot suffer the financial burden alone that these programs would create. To absorb the estimated one million asylum seekers and migrants a year and integrate them into European society will require outside help from the private sector. He suggests church groups and companies act as sponsors to help funding and also use their information technology programs to match migrants with willing sponsors.
George Soros may be viewed as a political lightning rod by many people for his financial backing of many liberal, progressive programs and candidates running for office. What can’t be debated is his record as a charitable philanthropist dating back to the 1970s. His six-point program should be judged and evaluated off his nature of wanting to help those in need rather than something aimed at advancing a political agenda.