George Soros, the Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, philosopher and philanthropist, says will open centers in Greece to host the homeless and immigrants, during the country’s crushing economic crisis and soaring racism.
“I recently established an Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE.) In doing so, I recognized that the best place to start would be where current policies have created the greatest human suffering. The people who are suffering are not those who abused the system and caused the crisis. The fate of the many migrant and asylum seekers caught in Greece is particularly heart-rending. But their plight cannot be separated from that of the Greeks themselves. An initiative confined to migrants would merely reinforce the growing xenophobia and extremism in Greece,” Soros said.
He said that immigrants in Greece cannot integrate while they are being attacked, which critics blame on the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party that has 18 seats in the Parliament and a platform to rid Greece of all immigrants. Soros noted the high number of unlawful immigrants in Greece and said the OSIFE can help build centers to help them. Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management and supports progressive-liberal causes around the world.