George Soros is one an influential and outspoken humanitarian activists of the modern time. He writes and lectures on matters of governance, democracy, human rights and economics. His critical thinking philosophy makes him an informer and steer of international debate on global issues.
Born in Hungary in the Capital of Budapest in 1930 (source: Forbes), Soros grew up in a very chaotic period in human history. At that time, the world has just come out of the First World War, and another one was brewing not far ahead. Europe was caught in the eye of this storm. George went to study in England where he got a chance to study at the London school of Economics.
Since then, the European Union has found a new sense of purpose with countries coming together to promote economic prosperity. The bloc has made significant strides towards success over the years. However, George Soros asserts that cracks are beginning to show the union, and the spirit that led to its formation is no longer there.
Currently, the union is being undermined by superpowers like Russia. The state continues to use force and violence to other EU states like Ukraine and Turkey. Its foreign policy promotes anarchism that many regard as a foregone practice. To make matters worse, Soros to the fragile balance of power where other European nations are hesitant to check Russia. This tendency could be as a result of fear of the once communist state.
Elsewhere on the continent, there has been an influx of refugees from the eastern end near Turkey and Syria. The influx of refugees results from the spreading conflict in Syria caused by extremist groups such as ISIS. A similar refugee crisis is being witnessed across the Mediterranean see where people across North Africa attempt to cross over in search of a better life.
According to his piece from Marketwatch, there is a lack of responsibility within the European Union. It requires a comprehensive refugee standard policy. In his observation, a refugee framework makes it easier to manage humanitarian crisis situations. He observes the selfish interests of individual countries that expose refugees to more suffering.
George Soros has taken an advisory role by proposing a standard refugee policy for the union to use. In his plan, he calls for international assistance in the struggle to solve the problem. His plan has several components. The first action is to open up the borders and allow the refugees to get through. A million asylum seekers annually is a good figure. They can be equipped with necessities like food and shelter.
Secondly, the union itself must fund the states nearest to the conflict areas such as Lebanon and Turkey where the largest numbers of refugees are hosted. By committing more resources to the crisis, human suffering is alleviated.
The third action regards to the establishment of a migration agency. This one allows the union to screen refugees to avoid the proliferation of extremists and warmongers. The organization must act according to international standards for refugees. Finally, the union must discuss and welcome the idea of absorption and integration as the most long-term solution to the crisis.