Friday, September 4, 2015
Egyptian billionaire offers to buy island to house refugees from Syria and other war zones
An Egyptian, Naguib Sawris, is offereing to buy an island for European refugees, off the coast of Italy or Greece, and says he will hire them to build themselves new housing and infrastructure.
The CNN Money story is here.
Neither Greece nor Italy has responded yet, although Greece could use the money. Arguably, both countries could fear a “Muslim” island (however moderate) at their doorsteps. The billionaire could be imagining he could eventually build another Dubai on one of these islands (with migrant labor), but that could be a good thing economically for a country like Greece.
But the offer would seem to relieve the rest of the West (and its people) of any moral accountability to respond to this problem.
(There is a related post on the Issues blog today.)