A Pretty Darn Good Idea, If You Ask Me!!!!

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Egyptian Billionaire Offers to Buy Mediterranean Island for Syrian Refugees

What to do about Syria refugee crisis, which has overwhelmed the country’s poorer neighbors like Jordan and Lebanon and caused a crisis in European countries? One Egyptian billionaire has offered a temporary solution: buy a deserted Mediterranean island for them.

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered his own solution to help solve the growing migrant crisis. Sawiris wants to buy a Mediterranean Island to allow refugees a temporary shelter until a long-term solution can be found.

Sawiris is considering approaching the governments of Greece and Italy to possibly buy an island to help migrants fleeing from conflict zones, like Syria.

The billionaire tweeted that he could “host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country.” It might be a “crazy idea” he admitted, but said it could work “until they can return to their countries??!!”

In an interview with AFP, Sawiris said the plan is certainly feasible.

“You have dozens of islands which are deserted and could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees … [as] temporary shelters to house the people, then you start employing the people to build housing, schools, universities, hospitals,” he said.

“And if things improve, whoever wants to go back [to their country] goes back.”

Sawiris’ concern is that the migrants are treated with dignity as “human beings,” not “like cattle” as they are now, he explained.

Regardless of how feasible the billionaire’s plan really is, it’s clear that he wants to use his wealth to help people, which in and of itself is commendable, especially considering the Arab world’s wealthiest nations are doing nothing to help Syria’s refugees.

I think it’s a fantastic idea! 

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13 Responses to A Pretty Darn Good Idea, If You Ask Me!!!!

  1. Latitude says:

    it would probably help if he had the infrastructure set up first….

    • suyts says:

      Well, that is what will occupy the refugees …… setting up their own infrastructure.

      • Latitude says:

        I was thinking you can’t plop down a million people (news is saying over a million have left) without water, shelter, food, etc etc already in place…those are deserted islands with nothing on them…not even water

        • DirkH says:

          The Greek tow sweetwater in underwater plastic balloons behind boats to smaller islands AFAIK. Which is cheaper than ordinary tankers.

        • suyts says:

          Well, they’re being fed and watered, already. It’s just a matter of where you want to place the provisions.

  2. Lars P. says:

    Why does he not buy that land directly in Egypt or Saudi Arabia? And make there his paradise?

    • suyts says:

      I can only assume Greece and Italy are in possession of the islands, and he’d also want their cooperation in ferrying the refugees to the islands.

  3. DirkH says:

    He will find no takers as they will still go to Germany for the FREE HEALTHCARE. Yes it is FREE for them. Not for Germans of course.

    So hey a suggestion Mr Billionaire: Buy an island and put a huge pile of money on it and the refugees will suddenly find it very interesting to flee exactly to your island!

    • DirkH says:

      …the immigration attack on Germany is ENABLED by the German government’s handouts… (which makes them either traitors or terminally stupid, and either way, in need of a new job)

  4. gator69 says:

    Is he mad? The island will tip over!

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