Gulf states take a bad rap on Syrian refugee issue

Defenders argue the influx of asylum-seekers to the GCC outnumbers those in Europe.

By JOSHUA A. HOLMES/THE MEDIA LINE
February 11, 2016 19:20
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Saudi women journalists raise their hands to ask questions at a press conference held by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir at King Salman Regional Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last month. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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As the debate surrounding migrants in Europe intensifies, the Gulf states continue to face harsh criticism for their refusal to accept Syrian refugees.

Unlike Lebanon and Jordan, which took in some 1.5 million Syrians so far, Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the UAE have been accused of having accepted very few, if any, asylum seekers. Human rights activists have been sternly critical of Gulf leaders, blaming them for turning their backs on their Arab brothers.

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