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I think it has already been mooted.

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in response to reader comment: Dr. Pipes, why doesn't the EU try to make a deal with Egypt rather than Turkey?

Submitted by Bill B. (United States), May 31, 2016 at 04:42

British diplomats proposed last year that refugees be housed in Egypt, which seemed a good idea.

The Egyptians might actually like it as it would provide them money and also, less measurably, would portray Egypt in a positive light. The 'helpful' Muslim country.

If it went well and the Egyptians were seen to have performed capably the country might be reimagined as a go-ahead place with, even, a future.

(I have no idea why the proposal was rejected; I suspect at that early stage it would have been perceived as 'racist' or something. Ultimately all solutions that place 'refugees' were they do not particularly want to go requires a certain measure of boldness and confidence.


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