Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris wants to buy an island at the coast of Italy or Greece to house among the hundreds of thousands refugees crossing the Mediterranean with the risk of their own lives.
Greece or Italy sell me an island,ill call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country
— Naguib Sawiris (@NaguibSawiris) 1 september 2015
“And that’s really feasible,” he said at the AFP Thursday . “There are dozens of islands with place for hundreds of thousands refugees.”
More than 350,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean early this year, in the hope of a better life in Europe. More than 2,600 of them do not survive the adventure.
Treat refugees as human beings, not like animals
Sawiris confirmed by an Egyptian private television that he will contact the Italian and Greek governments to concretize his idea. Which holds a forced sale of state assets, this should pose few problems. He estimates its cost between “10 and 100 million dollars”, but thinks that the “main issue, is the investment in infrastructure”. There will be temporary stays to accommodate people and you give them work in the construction of homes, schools, universities and hospitals.”
Naguib Sawiris acknowledges that there are solutions, first of all hey has to convince Greece or Italy to sell him an island or to obtain the right of legal existence of the new country. But his opinion is “the refugees will at least be treated as a person and not as beasts”.