Middle East: Refugees

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Qatar on receiving Syrian refugees in those countries.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK actively engages with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, on humanitarian and development assistance, and the Gulf States continue to contribute generously to humanitarian support for the Syria crisis.

The Gulf States are not signatories to the UN Refugee Convention of 1951, and there is no legal refugee status in these countries. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians are living in Gulf States as migrant workers or on visitors’ visas.

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