The calls for a ban on Muslim people entering the U.S. from Donald Trump have met with criticism from former refugee and Holocaust survivor George Soros. New York Real Estate expert Trump has jumped to the head of the Republican pack of potential candidates for the 2016 election, but his populist rhetoric has caused concern amongst political and financial experts. Details of an interview with George Soros have been published by Forbes that show the concern the Democratic donor Soros has over the statements made by Trump about refugees, which the hedge fund expert believes provides a greater insight into the feelings of the majority towards refugees.
Born in Hungary, George Soros found himself caught up in the Holocaust before being rescued from a Nazi concentration camp at the end of World War II, according to the George Soros Website. Soros explains the feeling of being welcomed to the U.K. at the end of the Second World War and the chances given to him to study at a top quality university in London in a bid to start his financial career. The journey of George Soros then took him across the borders of the U.S. to begin his hedge fund, which had reached more than $100 million in value by 1979.
Soros believes Trump’s words are causing greater problems with Muslim people being attracted to extremist and terrorist groups. Soros believes the mistrust of refugees has already had an effect on the culture and economy of the European Union, which he fears could collapse as refugees flood into the continent to escape the conflict in Syria. The closure of borders is something European nations are already facing as the open borders policy of the European Union is threatened by the migration crisis. George Soros believes the changing attitudes of the people of the U.S. and Europe could prompt the exit of the British from the European Union, which in turn could spark a new global financial crisis.