An Egyptian billionaire thinks that he might be able to single-handedly solve the Syrian refugee crisis. He wants to buy an island for refugees to flee to. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola (Think Tank), Jimmy Dore, (The Jimmy Dore Show Podcast), and Brian Unger (All Things Considered), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“With no sustainable solution for Europe’s migrant crisis in sight, an Egyptian billionaire has stepped forward with a plan of his own. He has offered to buy an island in the Mediterranean to shelter refugees fleeing Syria and other conflict-torn regions until they can safely return to their home countries.
Telecom magnate Naguib Sawiris, said to be worth $2.9 billion, first posted the suggestion on Twitter this week.
“Of course it’s feasible,” Sawiris told Agence France-Presse when pressed about his island plan. “You have dozens of islands which are deserted and could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees.”
Sawiris said an island off Greece or Italy would cost between $10 million and $100 million.
It’s unclear if the governments of these two countries are considering Sawiris’ proposal.