Saudi Arabia has taken in 2.5 million syrians, just not as refugeesWatch
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The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Friday cited an official source in the foreign ministry as saying the kingdom wanted to make clear its role in helping refugee in light of charges it was doing nothing.
The official said it was "important to clarify these efforts with facts and numbers in response to media reports, which included false and misleading accusations about the kingdom".
None of the six states that form the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, has signed the UN convention on refugees, which has governed international law on asylum since World War Two.
But Gulf states say they have taken in hundreds of thousands of Syrians since the civil war there began in 2011, just not as refugees.The source said
Saudi Arabia had received nearly 2.5 million Syrians since the conflict erupted.
"[Saudi Arabia] was keen to not deal with them as refugees, or to put them in refugee camps, to preserve their dignity and safety, and gave them complete freedom of movement."
"[Saudi Arabia] gave whoever chose to stay in the kingdom, which are in the hundreds of thousands, proper residency ... with all the rights that are included like free health care and engaging in the workforce and education.
"The kingdom has also provided about $700m in humanitarian aid to Syrians and had set up clinics in various refugee camps, the statement by the SPA said.The official source said more than 100,000 Syrian students were receiving free education in the kingdom.
The country has also provided humanitarian aid to countries hosting Syrian refugees and through international relief organisations.
If they have, and especially if they are not classifying them as refugees, then that should be applauded and they should be encouraged to take in more, as an opportunity for them to start reliving their lives.
But something tells me that this piece of information will be conveniently ignored by many on the right who moan about the barbarians trying to get into Europe.
I very strongly dislike the Saudi government and monarchy and the Wahhabism that is exported from that country is toxic but that doesn't mean that Saudi can't do anything right and that any good news reported from there is fake. The fact that some of the hysterical lot don't seem to want to believe is that the vast majority of Syrian refugees have fled to other Middle Eastern countries.