An Egyptian billionaire announced through Twitter one really crazy idea. He asked Italy or Greece to sell him an island, which he will declare to be an independent country, host the refugees and give them jobs, in order to build this new country of theirs. Is it just a crazy idea, or is it a very very good one?
It turns out that Orascom Telecom CEO, Naguib Sawiris, is serious about this idea. He gave an interview to CNN, explaining that he has already contacted people who own private islands in both countries, trying to find a suitable one to make his idea a reality. He has it all solved: he will make right away a temporary shelter and a dock for the ships to come, and from then on, the work will be done by the people themselves. He will hire them to build buildings, schools, hospitals, universities. It’s a win-win situation. People will find a legitimate way to start earning their living again, and the island will be built into an actual country.
The idea of doing that in Italy or Greece makes sense, as the two countries are the ways that refugees go through to get to Europe. The countries are easy to reach and it will be easy for the refugees to start over them, constructing a new place to call home.
Here is a video that presents this crazy guy’s crazy idea. Desperate times need desperate measures.