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CuriousLurker  Sep 21, 2015 • 10:30:06am

Do you mean besides the 1.17 million tiny Lebanon has taken in, the 613K Jordan has taken, the 215K Iraq has taken, the 139K Egypt has taken, the 25K other North African countries have taken, not to mention the 832K Turkey has taken (do they count if they’re not Arab)? You really should google this stuff first.

Also see:

Arabs shame rich Gulf States over refugee crisis

Across Europe, leaders have come under fire for their handling of the worst refugee crisis in generations. But in the Middle East, people are pointing their fingers elsewhere: At oil-rich Gulf states.

sffilk  Sep 21, 2015 • 10:34:09am

re: #1 CuriousLurker

This is all news to me. Thank you for the information.

However, it seems there are more countries which aren’t listed. Could you elucidate?

CuriousLurker  Sep 21, 2015 • 10:44:15am

re: #2 sffilk

You’re welcome. No, I can’t elucidate for you, but I’m sure if you take the time to go through all the tweets in the Deutsche Welle article I linked to, you’ll find some answers. Now that you’ve brought it up—I assume because you’re sincerely interested in the answer—why don’t you look into it and write a Page for us about what you find out?

Great White Snark  Sep 21, 2015 • 2:31:58pm

Wow that;s stunning.

CuriousLurker  Sep 21, 2015 • 5:14:49pm

re: #4 Great White Snark

Stunning indeed, especially in Lebanon. If you go to Amnesty International their numbers are even higher and it’s staggering when you realize that the total population of Lebanon is just over 6 million.

I have no idea if the refugees (and there are others besides just Syrians) are counted as part of the population or not and I couldn’t find out. Either way, I would guess the number of refugees adds up to roughly 20% of the total population.

Think about that for a minute: The Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock currently lists our population at just over 320 million. Now try to imagine that 64 million of those people—every fifth person you encounter— is a displaced man, woman or child from a war-torn country. Makes our 11 million relatively well off illegal immigrants look like a drop in the bucket, doesn’t it?

The situation is beyond dire—nothing that you, I or probably most of the people here at LGF could even begin to fathom the reality of. Here are some numbers from Amnesty International as of early this month (September 4). Emphasis is mine:

Refugees in the region

More than 4 million refugees from Syria (95%) are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt:

Lebanon hosts approximately 1.2 million refugees from Syria which amounts to around one in five people in the country
Jordan hosts about 650,000 refugees from Syria, which amounts to about 10% of the population
Turkey hosts 1.9 million refugees from Syria, more than any other country worldwide
Iraq where 3 million people have been internally displaced in the last 18 months hosts 249,463 refugees from Syria
Egypt hosts 132,375 refugees from Syria

The UN humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees is just 40% funded.

Funding shortages mean that the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive just $13.50 per month or less than half a dollar a day for food assistance.

More than 80% of Syrian refugees in Jordan living below the local poverty line.

Conflict in Syria

Around 220,000 people have been killed and 12.8 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria

More than 50% of Syria’s population is currently displaced.


Try to wrap your head around 50% of the U.S. population displaced. Seriously—can’t do it, can you? Neither can I. Now try to imagine surviving on fifty cents per day for food. Yeah, again, me neither.

We’re incredibly fortunate, blessed—however you want to look at it—that we’ve never known such hardship, and I pray that we never do. That said, we really have to do more as human beings, to hell with whether or not we have the same culture, language or religion. I mean even Iraq is taking them and it has it’s own boatload of problems.

All Adam’s race are members of one frame;
Since all, at first, from the same essence came.

When by hard fortune one limb is oppressed,
The other members lose their wonted rest:

If thou feel’st not for others’ misery,
A son of Adam is no name for thee.

—From Gulistan (The Rose Garden) of Saadi (c. 1213-1291), translated by Edward B. Eastwick

Thanks to the various ongoing conflicts, there are huge numbers of refugees all over the world. Here’s the main UNHCR page. It really pisses me off when people (and you know which ones I’m referring to) try to make it worse by scare-mongering and writing horribly inhumane & defamatory stories about people who have lost children, spouses, parents, etc. and are suffering horribly.

We need to help fix this, even if it’s only to protect our own interests because if the Mideast blows up over this it could start WWIII. You know what else I think? I think we should make further assistance to the Arab Gulf states—and to every country in the region for that matter—contingent upon their willingness to step up and help with this mess.

sffilk  Sep 23, 2015 • 5:24:14am

It appears, though, that countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, etc., are cheerfully refusing to help the refugees at all.

CuriousLurker  Sep 23, 2015 • 1:01:23pm

re: #6 sffilk

I don’t know if they’re refusing “cheerfully”—that’s an oddly deliberate choice of words on your part—it seems intended to imply sadistic pleasure on the part of the Gulf Arabs rather than just garden variety selfishness. Yes, they’re refusing and it’s shameful. This is something I pointed out in my initial response to your question and something Arabs have been pointing out also, if one cares to pay attention.

Do you have a point in pursing this? If there’s something you want to say, then say it and stop being coy—especially asking questions directed at no one in particular long after your page has dropped off the front page’s sidebar—it’s an annoyingly transparent tactic.

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