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The Middle East Needs To Take Care Of Its Own Refugees

World  (tags: Refugees, relief, asylum, crisis, GCC, Saudi Arabia, West )

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A growing number of Muslims, Arabs, South Asian diaspora writers and others are rightly asking another question- Rather than laying all of the responsibility and blame at the footsteps of the West, why aren't Arab leaders giving these refugees safe haven?


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Evelyn B (63)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 2:49 am
Some countries already have a large long-standing refugee population (Lebanon, Jordan) which creates its own problems - and have more recently been absorbing Iraqi refugees .... and now floods of Syrians.

But the Gulf States & Saudi may donate funds, but could be doing much more. Not necessarily taking "all", but encouraging many more to come. They already have a practice of using immigrant labour ...

But there is the sectarian issue (the Shia refugees, for example, would face problems - the media has been playing it down, but the Bahraini Shia have been having a rough time since "the Arab Spring", for example ....)

From the data, there's another question NOT being asked .....
WHY have so few TRIED to go the the Gulf?
65 applications - 33 accepted ... according to UNHCR (See Gulf States Under Pressure to Take Syrian Migrants

See also The Arab World's Wealthiest Nations Are Doing Next to Nothing for Syria's Refugees

It is not that the Gulf States should take in ALL the refugees .... why should they?
Saying "Because they are Muslim" is discriminatory ..... after all, Christian countries don't take in all Eritrean refugees ....

But they could - and should - play a more active part in hosting them.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 3:07 am
I've been saying all along, the root cause needs tackling. . . one wouldn't be migrating or feeling FROM any area, if there was no reason to. . .

Teresa W (782)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 3:36 am
Of course, they should!!!

Ben O (135)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 4:25 am
Right, WHY the hell is Europe the only option...??? Above all Germany and Sweden...??? Now it's time for many more countries to show some responsibility - DAMMIT!!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 5:54 am
Why don't the religious people really READ their books?!!

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 8:39 am
It shouldn't only be Europe -
We live in a global village today, and we should all share the challenge ....

But Europe (including Turkey) is where they are washing up ... and so inevitably plays an initial role.

Pope Francis has come up with a practical proposal - which could help (not only in Europe, if other religious bodies adopt the same strategy) Pope Calls for Every European Parish to Take in Refugee Family

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 8:52 am
This major issue just might be a defining moment for how we as a human species react and respond to a crisis and become a more cohesive, co-operative, compassionate race of beings, as opposed to the angry, warring, egotistical, selfish species we have devolved to.

It's literally up to us how we evolve. . .

Marian Beth B (58)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 2:57 pm
Darren, that states the problem - and the solution - rather well.

Nikki Davey (16)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 4:10 pm
This is a valid suggestion. There should be countries other than in the EU offering sanctuary. We're all human.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 11:33 pm
Agree with Ben

Gillian M (11)
Monday September 7, 2015, 2:57 am
Evelyn, you don't seriously expect the Saudi royal family to accept anyone that isn't cowed by their existence? In fact, all of these countries rejected or, in Kuwait's case, threw out their Palestinians 25 years ago whilst hiding many in their prisons and refusing to let their families know where they are.

What the refugees want is Europe to take them so that they can live off of benefits rather than the appalling conditions that they would be forced to live in should a Muslim controlled cuntry take them. You can see that in their determination to get to Europe, swamping Greece, Germany and refusing to stay in Hungary.

I totally agree that they the majority should go to Muslim controlled countries, there are many such countries in the Middle East and the Indo-China area but I sincerely doubt that they would want to help their fellow religionists.

John De Avalon (36)
Monday September 7, 2015, 9:27 am
Yes, SA and the Gulf could do a lot more. Saudi Arabia is one of the richest countries on the planet and it is also one of the most underpopulated. They also speak Arabic and are Sunnis, as is the case with most Syrians.

Syria has long been a sphere of influence or Russia. Which is why they backed Assad and kept him in power, which triggered all this.
Wisdom would say, let the Russians broker a peace deal, help to form a new government of national unity, with a new leader acceptable to them. Then the world community can work together to roll up ISIS and Al Nusra.

fly bird (26)
Monday September 7, 2015, 2:06 pm
Thanks for posting this, Evelyn.
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