These wealthy Gulf nations argue that accepting large numbers of Syrian refugees is a serious threat to their national security and the safety of their citizens because terrorists are hiding themselves among civilians.
As the Syrian refugee crisis continues to overwhelm Europe and America, rich Arab states with ample room to accommodate them have remained completely closed.
The wealthiest Muslim nations that are refusing to accept any refugees are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman and Kuwait who have to date accepted NO SYRIAN REFUGEES.
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.
Despite their proximity to the war-stricken state, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain have not offered any resettlement places.
Saudi Arabia and the other Arab states along the Persian Gulf are not only close to Syria, but are very wealthy.
Breitbart reported that instead the countries, all of which are within the Top 50 list of wealthiest nations by GDP, have opted to donate aid to those affected by the crisis. According to the Daily Mail, the UAE has funded a refugee camp in Jordan giving shelter to tens of thousands of Syrians, while Saudi Arabia and Qatar have donated funds, food, shelter and clothing to Syrians in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.
Total donations from the Gulf States are believe to total £589 million, less than a quarter of America’s £2.8 billion, and a fraction of the £65 billion they spent on defence in 2012 alone. The UK has handed over £920 million so far.