Syrian Refugee Crisis – UAE Contribution
The international community is experiencing a serious refugee crisis as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria. It is a UAE foreign policy priority to address this issue in a sustainable and humane fashion together with its regional and international partners. To this end, the UAE has undertaken the following measures to help alleviate the plight of Syrian refugees:
- Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, the UAE has extended residency permits to more than 100,000 Syrian nationals to enter the country. The total number of Syrian nationals living in the UAE is now more than 242,000.
- Since 2012, the UAE has provided over USD 530 million in humanitarian aid and development assistance to address the Syrian crisis, directly and through the Syria Recovery Trust Fund established by the UAE, US, and Germany.
- In January 2015, the UAE pledged an additional USD 100 million in support of Syrian refugees, of which some USD 44 million has been distributed.
- As part of its refugee assistance, the UAE is financing the Marajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan, which is home to over 4000 Syrian refugees.
- The UAE has also contributed some USD 72 million over the past two years to various refugee camps hosting Syrians, in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey.
- UAE has provided USD 38 million of funding for relevant UNHCR programs since 2011.
- The UAE has undertaken substantial measures in order to achieve sustainable stability and lasting peace in Syria, through its support for the Global Coalition against Daesh (ISIL) and its role as a co-lead for the Coalition Working Groups on Stabilization and Strategic Communications.
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