Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State (Image Credit: EPA)

UAE to receive 15,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years

Move is part of country's aim to share in the responsibility of addressing the Syrian refugee crisis

NEW YORK: The UAE has announced that it is to welcome 15,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years with the aim of sharing in the responsibility of addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.

Speaking at the “Leaders’ Summit on Refugees”, which was held on Tuesday at the UN headquarters, Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, said: “Five years ago, before the Syrian crisis erupted, 115,000 Syrians lived and worked in the UAE, joining more than 200 different nationalities and ethnicities that make up the tapestry of our diverse society and whose active and significant contributions are a clear rebuttal to the global wave of xenophobia. Since then, we have welcomed more than 123,000 Syrians.”

The UAE Minister of State expressed her thanks and appreciation, on behalf of the UAE, to President Barack Obama of the United States of America for organising the summit...Read more...

Source:gulfnews.com