Saudi Arabia has complained to the United Nations about ‘hostility’ being shown towards Muslim “refugees” being accepted en masse by European countries, while the Saudi Kingdom itself has taken in precisely zero refugees.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today expressed deep concern about the increasing hostile, racist and inhuman rhetoric against refugees in general, and Muslim refugees in particular,” states the message, which is directed at the UN General Assembly.
The text goes on to decry “racist speech” directed at the migrants, while also asserting that “fear from the risk of terrorist attacks” must not be allowed.
However, the message makes no promise on behalf of the Saudis to take any of the burden of accepting refugees, stating only that the kingdom will, “provide appropriate financial support and provide support to countries receiving refugees.”
The Saudis claim they have taken in 2.5 million Syrian refugees, although this is vehemently disputed by the likes of Amnesty International, who assert that none of the Gulf states – Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates – have taken in any refugees at all.
“The Gulf States have accepted zero refugees registered with the United Nations and administered through the U.N. resettlement program. They have accepted zero,” Geoffrey Mock, the Syrian country coordinator for AIUSA, told the Daily Caller recently.
Human Rights Watch concurs with Amnesty International that Saudi Arabia hasn’t taken in any refugees, with HRW’s deputy director Nadim Houry labeling the inaction “shameful”.
Although Saudi Arabia previously claimed it had taken in 500,000 Syrian refugees since 2011, rights groups point out that these people are not allowed to register as migrants. Many of them are also legal immigrants who moved there for work. In comparison, Lebanon has accepted 1.3 million refugees – more than a quarter of its population.
As we previously highlighted, while lecturing European countries about their treatment of refugees, Saudi Arabia has 100,000 air conditioned tents, including kitchen and bathroom facilities, that can house over 3 million people sitting empty.
The sprawling network of high quality tents are located in the city of Mina, spreading across a 20 square km valley, and are only used for five days of the year by Hajj pilgrims. As the website Amusing Planet reports, “For the rest of the year, Mina remains pretty much deserted.”
While refusing to take any refugees itself, Saudi Arabia has offered to build 200 mosques for the 500,000 migrants a year expected to pour into Germany, no doubt some of which will be used to preach an extremist brand of Islam – Wahhabism – that the Saudis have become notorious for exporting.
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