Gulf nations not paying heed to Migrant crisis

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Exodus of tens of thousands of people from war and conflict hit countries have triggered worst migrant crisis since the World War II. People from Syria, Afghanistan and many more countries going towards Europe in search of a better life.

In an attempt to take shelter in European countries they were forced to put their lives on risk to sail the Mediterranean Sea by boarding small vessels. The European countries took cognizance to the plight of migrant crisis after an image of lifeless body of Syrian minor boy Aylan Kurdi went viral on social media recently.

Gulf doing next to nothing for migrants

The body of Aylan Kurdi wearing a red-shirt and blue shorts lying face down was found in the surf near the resort town of Bodrum in Turkey. 

A picture is worth thousands word proved true when Aylan's image changed everything for the migrants. Europe accepted tens of thousands of migrants. Germany alone agreed to take 800,000 of them. On the one hand Europe opens its arms to brace migrants while on the other hand oil rich Gulf nations have done next to nothing for the migrants.

According to Amnesty International Gulf countries - Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain - have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.
Gulf countries counted among the wealthiest countries in the world -- not just in the Arab world -- have no room at all for their fellow Arabs.

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The only Arab countries to have accepted Syrian refugees are Jordan and Lebanon. These two countries have weak economies with very limited means.

According to Al-Monitor, with an aim to defend its record, Saudi Arabia claimed to welcome around 2.5 million Syrians which probably stands at between 100,000 to 250,000. It has also made a claim of providing approximately $700 million to Jordan and Lebanon - although that figure falls far short of the $5.5 billion Turkey has spent.

Saudi Arabia is yet to offer a concrete plan that would appear to be aimed at making a serious difference among migrants.

According to Fox News, Sarah Hashash, Middle East and North Africa press officer at Amnesty International, has "called the Gulf Arab states' behavior 'utterly shameful' and criticized Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for officially taking in zero refugees."

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