Category Archives: Open Societies

Hope for Refugee Crisis

In a piece written for the New York Review, billionaire philanthropist George Soros addressed the European Union’s asylum policy and what that means for the western world as the influx of refugees from the Middle East increases as does worries over terrorist attacks.

The EU has held negotiations with Turkey in order to limit the number of asylum seekers coming to Europe on by accommodating them in countries in the region. German Chancellor Angela Merkel headed the talks with Turkey, and Soros sees some apparent flaws with her decisions.

Under the agreement, refugees will be forcefully detained in countries where they are not journeying to and pull those who have made it to Europe back to the place they were fleeing from. This turns countries like Greece on into holding facilities for refugees without taking into account the insufficient supplies and facilities to care for those people there.

And though Europe has noted some of the deficiencies in their ability to fulfill these quotas, and has attempted to address them by announcing reform to Europe’s asylum policy, they still fall short of what is needed.

George Soros suggests that rather than continue on as they have, the EU should seek to increase their funding in order to accommodate those seeking asylum. This effort, however, would be wasted if political leaders did not also do their part to limit anti-immigrant sentiment in host countries across Europe so that they are not marginalized and can better assimilate and contribute to their adopted communities rather than feel as thought they are trapped in perpetual transit.

Achieving these things are possible for Europe, and they have the means to do so. First, George Soros suggests that funding first finds its way to the Middle East in order to raise the quality of life there, such as broadening the availability of education for children, limiting the flow of refugees to Europe to a more manageable number. If possible, George Soros suggests reaching for a goal of 300,000 to 500,000 refugees annually. This gives more guarantees to refugees seeking asylum by accommodating them without worsening the strained political climate reaching across Europe.

Such a plan would require an approximate $34 billion annual budget to be used in both the EU and the Middle East, including the creation of an EU agency to manage the asylum process, maintain standards and address humanitarian crises like the current situation in Greece.

While this may seem like a large amount, George Soros points out that it is a reasonable sum for member nations to pool together for this program. What is lacking for these nations is the political will to act and potentially anger voters.

Having fled Hungary in 1947, George Soros reached the UK in hopes of finding freedom. Eventually he made it to the United States where he began a career in finance, leading him to become one of the wealthiest men in the world.

Soros heads the Open Society Foundations, which fulfills Soros’ personal mission of championing human rights across the world, a fight he’s taken on since 1974.

Learn more about George at Biography.

George Soros Charities Targeted in Russian Book Burn


The Burning

A total of 53 books linked to the Open Society charities of George Soros were found burned by the Vorkuta Mining and Economic College in northern Russia, reports a CNBC article. The books related to the Renewal of Humanitarian Education program, and they were confiscated before being burned. In addition, 427 books were seized for shredding as a result of a search effort across college libraries in Russia’s northern republic of Komi. Russian news reports cited an intergovernmental letter in which a presidential envoy claimed that the Open Society charities created a perverted perception of history and held directives that go against Russian ideology.

The Open Society Charities

George Soros founded the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute initially to assist countries in the transition from communism. The charities currently are active in projects that build democracy across the globe. The charities run on the principles of governmental accountability and individual rights, according to the Open Society Foundations. Over the course of their existence, the charities have helped fund university for thousands of individuals, including young people from marginalized groups and refugees of war. The charities consist of a large network of foundations and partners in over 100 countries. George Soros is a famous hedge fund billionaire who also supports other independent organizations, including the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Tension Between George Soros and The Russian State

In July 2015, tension began between George Soros and Russia when the Russian government added his charities to a list of pro-democracy organizations that engage in soft aggression against Russia. At that time, the government also hinted around about a potential banning of the Open Society charities.

Banning of The Open Society Charities

In November 2015, Russia officially banned the George Soros charities, reports a CNBC article. According to a translated press statement, the Russian government stated the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute posed a threat to the constitutional system and state security. Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office reported the charities were put on a list of foreign non-governmental organizations that engage in undesirable behavior according to the Russian State.