Accepting refugees into your country is expensive, it isn’t a profitable exercise and yet we do it.
Greening a desert isn’t financially viable, but countries like Egypt are doing it because they have to.
Everyone knows that the Northern Territory of Australia has excess water, and a large portion of Australia is desert.
Water can be channelled from NT to the the nearest desert. Trees can be grown and fauna introduced. With time and money, the desert can be transformed into a place where people can live and thrive.
The technology exists.
See this (until the end, it starts slow…): https://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change#t-1225273
If the workers are immigrant refugees, they can own the wealth that they achieve, and then stay or move on. What an amazing entry into a country to have created something from nothing.
For one expense, we can have:
- More agricultural land
- Work for refugees
- Refugees proudly achieving
If a trial works, the potential is extraordinary. For example. we could welcome the entire Rohingya people.