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A Note on Syrian Refugees in the Gulf: Attempting to Assess Data and Policies

  • Françoise De Bel-Air
Publisher: Gulf Research Center
Date of Publication: Nov 2016
Publications Categories: Research Papers & Analysis


As the migrant crisis escalates at Europe’s borders, the Gulf States have been blamed for having offered “zero resettlement” to Syrian refugees. In response to these statements, some Gulf States claim that they have actually relaxed their entry and residency laws to accommodate sizeable numbers of Syrian nationals since the start of the conflict. The paper assesses these claims using statistics available from these countries, as well as declarations from official bodies released in the local press. It appears that, besides being major aid donors to Arab countries sheltering Syrian refugees, most Gulf States have passed various measures destined to facilitate the entry and stay of Syrians since 2011.

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