Wealthy Gulf States Still Refuse to Accept Syrian Refugees
As the Syrian refugee crisis continues, rich Arab states have remained closed to them.
The wealthiest Muslim nations – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman and Kuwait have accepted NO SYRIAN REFUGEES.
These wealthy Gulf nations argue that accepting large numbers of Syrian refugees is a serious threat to the safety of its citizens because terrorists could hide themselves among civilians.
France 24 reported:
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the Gulf states to accept more refugees fleeing Syria, saying that a “humanitarian disaster” could erupt in the Balkans if Europe does not control its borders.
“I’ll say it again, Europe cannot accept all the refugees coming from Syria. That’s why we need a diplomatic, military and political solution in Syria,” Valls said Friday evening.
“Every country must play its part; I’m thinking particularly of the Gulf states,” the prime minister said during a discussion with residents of Evry on the outskirts of Paris, focusing on the response to the attacks which rocked the capital two weeks ago.
Most of the roughly four million Syrian refugees who have fled their country since civil war broke out have travelled to neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey.
But Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and other Gulf states have remained closed to them, while Europe struggles to adopt a common policy towards the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are arriving at its borders.
Unless the borders of the EU are properly controlled “we are going to see a humanitarian disaster in the Balkans this winter and Europe is going to close up again,” Valls warned.