They are provided free access to education and healthcare, and allowed to take up jobs.
The Syrian Civil War forced millions to flee their homes in search of safety. Saudi Arabia, as a rich country , was heavily criticized for not offering land to Syrian refugees — it only offers resettlement for asylum-seekers whose families already reside in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, like all the other Arab states of the Persian Gulf , is not a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention ,  which mandates member states to protect refugees within their country.
However, according to a Saudi official, Saudi Arabia has issued residency permits to , Syrians.
The number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia referred to as "Arab brothers and sisters in distress" was estimated to be at around ,  people in August and consisted mainly of temporary foreign workers. Saudi foreign ministry officials claim that the nation has received nearly 2. An official from Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Saudi Arabia "made it a point not to deal with them as 'refugees'.
Huffington post has criticized the international community for saying that Saudi Arabia has taken no refugees. The newspaper claimed that outlets in the US have exploited a technicality used by the UN to count Syrian refugees, and that it is more plausible that , Syrian refugees are currently in Saudi Arabia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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