George Soros Has a Plan to Solve the Syrian Refugee Crisis


Billionaire investor George Soros is one of the most prolific hedge fund managers in the world. As the founder of the Open Society Foundations, Soros has always explained that his success in the financial world has given him a certain degree of independence and personal freedom that most people do not have; ergo, he also believes that he is obliged to take a stand on certain issues because others are not able to.

In late September 2015, online financial news daily MarketWatch, part of the Dow Jones media empire, published a think piece authored by Soros about the chaotic refugee crisis unfolding throughout Europe. Soros specifically wrote about the displaced Syrian refugees who are not likely to return home anytime soon.

Faced with an asylum chaos, Soros laid out a plan that he believes the European Union should implement for the purpose of dealing with the refugee crisis in a manner that is both humanitarian and efficient from a socioeconomic standpoint. To this effect, Soros laid out a six point plan:

1 – The European Union should realistically provide about $17,000 per year for each refugee seeking asylum for the first two years they are in their new countries. The idea is to give them some economic freedom so that they can settle in communities they believe will accept them instead of warehousing them in refugee camps.

2 – There are four million Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The European Union should also help fund the efforts of those Middle Eastern nations; otherwise, the flow of refugees will simply increase towards Western Europe.

3 – A single European agency should be created to handle refugee and asylum affairs, and a unified border guard system should also be implemented. Soros believes that the status quo of 28 separate agencies trying to work together is expensive and inefficient.

4 – Safe channels for refugees should begin from the battlefront to waypoints such as Greece and Italy. The idea is to avoid terrible situations such as boats sinking and refugees drowning as they desperately attempt to flee war zones.

5 – Once the European Union is able to implement the four points above, an international agency such as the United Nations should gather all the lessons learned for the purpose of coming up with global standards that other nations can implement. The 2015 refugee crisis in Europe could easily spread to the Americas during these times of uncertainty.

6 – The European Union cannot solve this crisis on its own. The private sector should be mobilized, starting with non-governmental organizations such as those endowed by the Open Society Foundations; the goal is to increase funding capacity while providing human and technology resources.

Yeonmi Park’s Inspiring New Book

Yeonmi Park, a woman who knows true fear has recently published a book about her life as a North Korean defector. This book is called In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom and tells the story of the hardship that her and her family had to endure just for Yeonmi Park to get to where she is in present day.

North Korea current has around 10,000 defectors each year which is growing in number thanks to dedicated human rights activists such as Yeonmi Park. Despite her hardship, North Korea is still determined to both discredit Ms. Park as well as her fellow defectors. It is not uncommon for North Korea to send mercenaries with the mission of covering up loose ends.

North Korea, despite being a smaller country in total isolation, is one of the most powerful countries in the world with the world’s fifth largest army and with the ability to create a nuclear war. Thanks to all the North Korean testimonies of this oppressive regime, even the United Nations have begun to take action to unravel this dictatorship that has killed so many.

Thanks to defectors like Yeonmi Park, North Koreans have begun to give their side of their stories. Yeonmi Park, in her book, goes into detail of the hardship that her and her family had to endure in order to eventually escape North Korea. North Korea is known for being an isolated country which is why Ms. Park’s father was arrested for selling metals to the Chinese. Before Mr. Park’s father was thrown into a labor camp, her family was well-respected, however, proceeding this event, Ms. Park and her mother were subjected to isolation and starvation.

This hardship is what forced Yeonmi Park and her mother to pay off the guard on one of the North Korean borders and to flee the country. Following her and her mother escaping North Korea, the pair had to then endure crossing the Gobi Dessert as well as being subjects to human tracking.

Yeonmi Park is not the first defector to speak against this oppressive regime. It took over 300 hundred North Korean testimonies to convince the United Nations that action must be taken to either stop this regime or to aid North Korean defectors in their escape from the borders.

Despite her youth, Yeonmi Park has aided thousands of people on The Guardian within the last few years. Ms. Park hopes that her book will bring courage for more and more North Koreans to speak out against North Korea.