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originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
You have far larger problems at home with homegrown terrorists, for some reason they get a pass though.
RG: Could you provide background information on why GCC countries do not accept the legal concept of refugeehood?
Humphrey: The reason why GCC countries are not signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention is because their very restrictive citizenship laws are defined by kinship which limit who can reside there and who will be the beneficiaries of their oil wealth. For example, to be eligible for citizenship you must be born (or be a descendant of people born) in the country before a certain date – Qatar (1930), UAE (1925), Saudi Arabia (1914). The provisions for acquiring citizenship are very limited and difficult. Palestinians have lived in GCC countries for generations as foreign workers, however very few have ever gained citizenship. The non-national population remain conditionally resident and therefore can be expelled if they transgress laws or are seen to cause problems.
RG: There has been a lot of criticism of the GCC for not taking in displaced Syrians since the crisis began. Is this assessment accurate?
Humphrey: The GCC countries have accepted Syrians from the conflict, however these have mainly been those connected to Syrians already working in the GCC. The GCC countries hold that they have welcomed ‘their Syrian brothers’ and provided them with access to health care and education. However, they are essentially guests as the category of refugee does not exist because the GCC countries are not signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention and therefore do not have any obligations to recognize refugee rights. As a consequence, it is very difficult to establish the number of Syrians in the GCC. Sources including the UNHCR and GCC states indicate there are around 100,000 in the UAE and 500,000 in Saudi Arabia, however the increase in Syrian residents has largely been the result of reunions of Syrian families who already hold work permits in the Gulf. The GCC states claim they take the highest per capita levels of Syrians, however those they accept are not those directly displaced by war in different parts of Syria
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
"Refugee" is a legal status, like "citizen". Countries that signed the 1951 Refugee Convention (HERE) aren't just legally obligated to accept refugees, they literally signed up to accept refugees. GCC countries to my knowledge never joined the 1951 Refugeee Convention.
HOWEVER, those countries do still accept refugees. They just call them "guests" and other terms. For instance, Saudi Arabia is a country with less than 30 million people. But they've accepted more than 500,000 Syrians. They just don't call them "refugees" and they have different criteria for how they accept them.
No, Arab Gulf Countries Are Not Taking in Refugees
By Chaker Khazaal
The focus of the criticisms has been on the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE). The international community has questioned the GCC countries’ contribution to resolving the Syrian refugee crisis in countless social media posts and discussions.
According to a 2014 report entitled “Left Out In The Cold“ by human rights organization Amnesty International, the GCC had not officially resettled a single Syrian refugee since the crisis began in 2011.
The problem is not Muslim moderates who have been living in the U.S. for decades before Obama became President. The problem is the influx of Muslim refugees who are not being properly vetted, and the fact that our own intelligence agencies, and others, have stated that ISIS/Al Nushra have infiltrated radical Muslims with the Muslim refugees.
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