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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered his own solution to help solve the growing migrant crisis. Sawiris wants to buy a Mediterranean Island to allow refugees a temporary shelter until a long-term solution can be found.

Sawiris is considering approaching the governments of Greece and Italy to possibly buy an island to help migrants fleeing from conflict zones, like Syria.

Speaking to AFP News, Sawiris said: "Of course it's feasible.

"You have dozens of islands which are deserted and could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees...[as] temporary shelters to house the people, then you start employing the people to build housing, schools, universities, hospitals.

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"And if things improve, whoever wants to go back [to their homeland] goes back."

Sawiris insists migrants escaping trouble zones need to be treated as "human beings".

"The way they are being treated now, they are being treated like cattle," said Sawiris.

Social media users remained divided on Sawiris's offer.

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