NOW WE KNOW: Kuwaiti Journalist Explains Why Gulf States don’t receive Syrian Refugees


Hakim Khatib

Hakim Khatib studied political science of the Middle East, European Studies, journalism and linguistics. He has been lecturing at different German universities since 2011 on issues related to ideology and the interplay of power thereof in socio-political life, and religion and its relationship to contemporary politics in the regions of West Asia and North Africa, especially Egypt and Syria. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal) since 2014 and has published over 100 articles in different languages, academic and otherwise, in a wide spectrum of on-line and printed newspapers, journals and think tanks. His current research focuses on Islam-inspired political ideologies such as Islamist extremism and Salafism, radicalisation, de-radicalisation processes in Germany as well as peace and conflict in the Middle East.
Hakim Khatib
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Kuwaiti Journalist Fahd Al-Shulaimi – YouTube screenshot © MPC Journal
Kuwaiti Journalist Fahd Al-Shulaimi – YouTube screenshot © MPC Journal

This question has been on the news all over the world: Why don’t Gulf States receive Syrian refugees, especially that they have the most belligerent tone in the Syrian conflict? Kuwaiti Journalist Fahd Al-Shulaimi explains why Gulf States don’t receive Syrian refugees.

“Kuwait and Gulf States are expensive and not fit for refugees. They [Gulf States] are fit for work,” Al-Shulaimi said. “Transportation is expensive and life in Kuwait is also expensive, whereas life in Lebanon or Turkey could be cheaper,” he added.

“Ultimately, you cannot receive people from a different environment and a different place, who have neurogliar or psychological problems and trauma, and attempt to integrate them in the society.”

Please watch the video in Arbic below:

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