Arab Gulf states under fire to help Syrian refugees
Whenever we begin a story about the Syrian refugee crisis, there's a danger that the sheer numbers involved will become overwhelming.
After all, more than 4 million people have now fled the conflict. And, as we hear so much about the tens of thousands making their way into Europe, it's still Syria's neighbours taking in the most people.
In Jordan today, there are 600,000 Syrian refugees.
It's 1.2 million inside Lebanon.
And nearly 2 million in Turkey alone.
Another staggering number, perhaps even more difficult to comprehend, is.... zero.
That's the number of Syrian refugees the wealthy Gulf states, like Saudi Arabia, have offered resettlement to, despite being so close to the crisis, and its people.
Geoffrey Mock is the Syria specialist for Amnesty International USA. He was in Durham, North Carolina.
We've heard the calls for the Gulf states to step up and do more.... but the question remains, will they?
The Current did request interviews with the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. No one was made available to join us.
These are countries whose motivations Joshua Landis understands very well. He is Director of The Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. We reached him in Norman, Oklahoma.
None of the Gulf state ambassadors to Canada was available to join us today, however the Embassy of the UAE sent us a statement which reads in part:
"The UAE is proud of the strong support it has shown to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, from the beginning of the crisis."
It notes the UAE has provided more than 100,000 residency permits to Syrians since the civil war began, and is financing a refugee camp in Jordan housing 4,000 people.
This segment was produced by The Current's Julian Uzielli, Karin Marley and Josh Flear.
♦ Saudi Arabia Criticized For 100,000 Tents Not In Use - Intl. Business Times
♦ Saudi Arabia says criticism of Syria refugee response 'false' - The Guardian
♦ Gulf states idle as migrant crisis swells in Europe - USA Today
♦ UAE Providing Support to Help the Syrian People - Embassy of UAE
♦ In rich Gulf Arab states, some feel shamed by refugee response - Reuters