The Gulf States and the Refugees

Source: The Washington Post, September 27

…They have donated to support the U.N. refugee agency’s efforts in countries neighboring Syria. They have welcomed large numbers of foreign workers, including 2 million to 3 million Syrians, many of whom arrived since the war began. And they have quietly renewed the visas of Syrian workers so that they don’t have to return to Syria….

Other Syrian workers in the gulf have more tenuous legal status, since they can be fired and sent home at any time. For some, though, conditions in the gulf states may be better than what they would face elsewhere….


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