George Soros is a name that anyone will recognize from the 1992 bet against the British pound. He is well known as a democratic donor during election years – having spent over $20 million to help oust President George W. Bush from office in 2004, and now $8 million to support Hillary Clinton. Soros is even known in the financial world, partly for his famous bet in 1992, and partly for his prowess in trading.
Now, Soros has made his opinion on the Syrian migrant crisis known. He gave an interview with Market Watch on September 29, 2015 regarding the subject.
He has given six different things the European Union could be doing to make the situation much better for all involved. All the steps are important in their own way, but some are more important to be acted on first.
One of the suggestions that should be acted upon first is his suggestion to streamline the asylum seeking process. As of when the interview was given, there were 28 different processes a migrant could potentially go through to attain asylum status. There is one process for each member of the European Union. These processes currently produce drastically different results for each migrant.
By slowly streamlining this process, migrants will be able to – sooner or later – expect the same answer no matter where in the EU they go. A single process, Soros thinks, will help make it easier for migrants and those seeking asylum to get the help they need.
The second suggestion George Soros made is that the EU should take in at least one million migrants a year for the next few years. While that may sound like a lot, the migrants would be spread as equally as possible between all the member states of the European Union. It would be difficult. It will be a lengthy process to get all the migrants situated. However, as fewer and fewer come into the system, this process will get faster and faster.
Another suggestion Forbes billionaire George Soros has made on Bloomberg is to support these migrants. This financial aid would be a tremendous help to the migrants, but the EU needs help to reach the needed amount per migrant. Soros believes that if each migrant received 15,000 euros (or $16,800), they would be able to do more to start their new life off right.
Fourthly, George Soros suggests getting many foundations involved in raising said money. Churches, for example, often help raise money to help people; why shouldn’t they raise money to help asylum-seekers? Furthermore, he believes that anyone who can help should. IT technicians can help put migrants into jobs. Families can help them find the best places to shop for low prices in the neighborhood. Neighbors can be friendly.
The other two suggestions Soros of the Open Society Foundation made go pretty much hand in hand. One is to make getting migrants to Europe, and giving them hope they will make it, a priority. The other is to provide funding for migrants in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, respectively.