How to help Syrian children — Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, proposed to purchase an island off of Italy or Greece in order to install Hundreds of Thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to the peril of Their Lives.
“Greece or Italy, sell me an island, I will declare its independence, I will welcome the migrants, and I will Provide them jobs through the building of their new country,” the wealthy businessman Naguib Sawiris posted on his twitter account.
“Of course it’s feasible,” he told journalists Thursday. “You have dozens of islands that are uninhabited and that could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees.”
Since the beginning of the year, more than 350,000 people fleeing poverty or conflict in their country of origin-have crossed the Mediterranean in the hope of joining Europe. More than 2,600 have died During the perilous journey, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Asked by an Egyptian TV station, Mr. Sawiris said that he was going to try to get in touch the Greek and Italian governments to realize his idea.
He estimated that the price of Such an island could vary between “10 and 100 million dollars” but the main issue would be to build proper infrastructure for the people to live.
There would be “temporary shelters to house the people. Then, we would start using the people to build housing, schools, universities, Hospitals,” he said.
“If condition Improves, the one who wants to go home would be able to do it,” said the businessman, whose family developed the very popular resort of Gouna on the Red Sea.
The billionaire recognizes, however, that challenges abound, starting with convincing Greece or Italy to sell an island, or to get the existence of the new state recognized.
But at least the people will be treated like humans. “Currently, they are treated like cattle,” he said.