Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has an idea for helping the hundreds of thousands of refugees currently seeking asylum in Europe: He wants to buy them an island.

Sawiris, the CEO of Orascom TMT, suggested the plan on his Twitter account on September 1.

Time pointed out that questions remain about the practicality of Sawiris’s plan. Sawiris admitted to the AFP that it might be difficult to convince Greece or Italy to sell him an island in the first place, but he said he thought the idea is definitely feasible.

“You have dozens of islands which are deserted and could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees,” Sawiris told the AFP.

He plans to discuss the idea with the Italian and Greek governments, Time reports, and anticipates the island costing somewhere between $10 million and $100 million, plus funds to help build housing, schools, hospitals, and other basics.

People on the island would be treated as “human beings,” he told AFP. “The way they are being treated now, they are being treated like cattle.”

A Syrian migrant helps children get off of an inflatable boat after it arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece on August 14, 2015. Turkish efforts to stop traffickers from sending large "ghost ships" crammed with migrants towards Italy has sparked the surge in arrivals in Greece, the International Organization for Migration said on August 13. The migrants and refugees making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe are increasingly travelling the eastern route from Turkey to the Greek islands, which have seen more arrivals since the beginning of the year than long-time top destination Italy, according to UN figures. AFP PHOTO / ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS (Photo credit should read ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

CNN reports that 2,600 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe so far in 2015. This past week, a 2-year-old Syrian refugee was found on the shore of of a Turkish beach.

Sawiris is not the first to take to social media with ideas for how to house refugees. Slate reports that 10,000 people recently joined a Facebook group for Icelanders offering shelter to any refugees who need it.

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