UAE to Receive 15k Syrian Refugees in 5 Years

تم نشره في Thu 22 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Syrian refugee children - (Al Ghad)

ABU DHABI — The UAE has announced it will host 15 thousand Syrian refugees over the next five years with the aim of sharing in the responsibility of addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.

Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reem Ebrahim Hashemi said that her country is committed to working with all countries to find collective and effective solutions to prevent further escalation of the global refugee crisis." Speaking at the "Leaders’ Summit on Refugees", which was held on Tuesday at the UN headquarters, Hashemi, said: "Five years ago, before the Syrian crisis erupted, 115,000 Syrians lived and worked in the UAE, joining more than 200 different nationalities and ethnicities that make up the tapestry of our diverse society and whose active and significant contributions are a clear rebuttal to the global wave of xenophobia. Since then, we have welcomed more than 123,000 Syrians." This is an important step forward, which must be complemented by a dedication to preventing wars and conflicts, currently the main drivers of forced migration. "We all must do our part to engage in dialogue, resolve differences and support global pillars of peace and stability. Ultimately, we must offer a source of hope for displaced persons that allows them to maintain dignity, return home, reintegrate themselves into their societies, and rebuild their countries and their lives," she added.

The number of refugees and displaced persons is the largest in modern history, the minister said, adding that refugee crisis is being driven by a series of interlinked conflicts, fuelled by extremism that crosses borders and transcends geographies.