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Soros: Europe needs unified migration policy

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The European Union needs a "unified migration policy" as its member states currently have separate migration policies that are "contradictory to each other", Hungarian-born American business magnate Gyorgy Soros said in an interview with Channel 4 news yesterday.

"You need a unified European migration policy, as you now have 28 different countries, with different policies and some are directly contradictory to each other, and that has created a chaos, and that is what is turning public opinion against migrants, who are victims and deserve help," Soros said. According to the business magnate, instead of helping them , "they are turned into an illegal position."

He remembers that "I was myself an asylum-seeker, and I was treated very well, when I went to England, I asked for asylum and I got it. Unfortunately the European Union now is facing the opposition of the members, in which Britain is very much at fault."

When the interviewer mentions that many people are concerned about the ever growing number of immigrants in Britain, Soros agrees, however, he says that "you also have a declining birthrate, and for a flourishing economy you need some growth … so there is a need for migrants and there is a need for growth as well."

Commenting on Britain’s possible exit from the European Union, Soros says it would be a "tragedy" for Europe, but "it would be an even greater tragedy for Britain, because Britain right now has the best of all possible worlds, as it is a member of the common market but is not a member of the euro[zone], and I think it is a big mistake to solve the problem by leaving the European Union and I think Britain will pay a very heavy price." He added that he believes that "businessmen in particular ought to be telling the public what is in store if you have a British exit."

The Budapest Business Journalʼs latest report reveals that activists say the government’s tendency to confuse immigrants and refugees, and to use inflammatory language, are stirring hatred.

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