Why Persian Gulf States Are Not Taking In Refugees from Syria

Refugees that are headed to European nations risked their lives to escape the turmoil back in their war stricken country- Syria. Most of Europe has had their equal share of struggle when dealing with the uncontrollable number of masses flocking to the continent. Countries at least tried to cater to the humanitarian call at their doorsteps of a magnitude which was not experienced since the Second World War.

With the refugee crisis in Europe, people have asked why are there no Syrian refugees headed for the Persian Gulf nations like Bahrain, UAE and Kuwait? These Middle East countries have significant political and financial interest in Syria.

The deputy director of Human Rights watch tweeted that other countries should do more regarding this humanitarian crisis. He called on wealthy countries to act on the Syrian refugee crisis. The officials in Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman defended themselves by saying that they have given millions of dollars to UN in order to aid the refugees. The UAE pointed out that it has given more than $500 million in relief aid. They also stressed that Syrians have entered the other Gulf nations on visas and were allowed to stay with respect to the documents presented.

No refugee concept in the Gulf States

The United Nations has been explicit in its call that it wants every developed nation to open their borders and let these refugees in.

It is more than being generous; it is a matter of practicality that these Gulf States open their borders freely for Syrians. Citizens in the Persian Gulf have much more in common with the Syrians. They speak Arabic like most of people from Syria. The States in the Persian Gulf are wealthier than other countries that welcomed these refugees like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. Some leader would say that Qatar and Saudi Arabia have an obligation to extend a helping hand to war victims where those nations are involved through financial support of the rebel groups that have been fighting the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

One can only hope and wait that other nations will show humanitarian kindness and generosity for these escapees from Syria.