UAE says it has taken in 100,000 Syrian refugees since 2011

UAE reveals it hosts over 100,000 Syrians since start of civil war in March 2011

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Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash - Archive

101,364 Syrian refugees have taken residence in the UAE since the beginning of the civil war in March 2011, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash revealed on Wednesday.

The total number of Syrians now living in the UAE is 243,324.

“UAE’s total humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees amounted to around $581.5 million,” said Gargash.

“We also provided more than $420 million to fight Daesh’s terrorism, and its humanitarian burden, including internal displacement,” Gargash said in a statement cited by state news agency WAM.

“Some $167.8 million in UAE aid has gone on providing food for Syrian refugees, while $88.1 million was spent on providing shelters and non-food supplies,” WAM said.

Other donations were dedicated to providing health services, water and sewerage services, education and other fields.

“The UAE allowed tens of thousands of Syrians whose residency permits or passports had expired, to regularise their status to be able to stay.”

Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman) came under criticism for not hosting Syrian refugees since the beginning of the civil war in March 2011. However Gulf states argue that the criticism is unfair, because they claim thousands of Syrians currently reside in Gulf countries but not as refugees.

Saudi Arabia claims it had received nearly 2.5 million Syrians but did not deal with them as refugees.

Germany has said it is preparing for 800,000 refugees to arrive this year, which prompted scrutiny over the American number (10,000), giving the seriousness of the refugee problem, many think it is not high enough. As the numbers presented by other European countries surface, police brutality used against the refugees on border crossings and absolute oblivion of many European states to the problem have become hot topics of debate in the world.

Turkey took in nearly 2 and Lebanon 1.1 million Syrians, and below those numbers come Iraq, Jordan and Egypt.

TRTWorld and agencies