As the old saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’. This is perhaps what the European Commission should keep in mind as they approach the current refugee crisis. There is sufficient room for them to correct that which seems impossible which is bringing to order an impeding chaotic state soon. George Soros has offered his nuggets of wisdom on the issue. The European Commission can only ignore this at their peril.
In a comprehensive plan that was published via The New York Review of Books, George Soros details what may just turn a time bomb into orderly refugee policy. Soros sees what is currently being done as a false solution seeking mission. He dismisses it a ploy imposed on the European Union by Chancellor Angela Merkel in a negotiation with Turkey. To him, the asylum policy has fundamental flaws that need to be quickly addressed.
Of particular concern about the asylum policy is erratic to the extent that it imposes quotas that had been previously opposed by many member states. The quotas aspect requires refugees on http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527 to take up residence in countries they do not want. This makes the policy lose the essence of humanitarianism. How can EU be claiming to be in genuine mission to help refugees when in the first place they force them to settle in countries at the periphery like Turkey that is not their preference?
The other central issue is that of funding for the refugee mission. George Soros sees the mission as severely underfunded. What is given out in funds only serves its immediate needs with no chance whatsoever of making it sustainable. Soros terms it ‘scraping together insufficient funds year after year’. These and other issues can be solved and leave a lot to be admired.
As a solution, Soros can only see EU undergoing a paradigm shift by “surge” funding. The funds should go to the refugees and the countries that host them in the Middle East. The financial aid should be enough to support livelihoods right there and offer employment opportunities on http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros allowing the refugees to at least be able to provide for their basic needs. This will work to dilute the dire need to seek asylum in Europe as a way of escaping suffering in the Middle East. The refugees who will still insist on coming to Europe will not be as much. The few will be in numbers that Europe can accommodate.
An agency will be necessary on the ground to coordinate refugees’ permission to Europe. This will help in keeping statistics and taking in refugee’s desired destination. Those choosing countries on high demand will wait longer on the quo while those choosing countries not hotly requested will obtain express permission. Those found jumping the queues will be taken back to the tail end to start all over again. This is expected to discourage the refugees from going against the set order. This will be key to ensuring balanced settlement. Well thought plan!
George Soros is an American business magnate of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry considered to be one of the 30 richest people in the world. He is further an investor, popular author, and philanthropist. His early life characterized by Nazi displacements inspire hi interest on refugee affairs.