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Saudi offers to build 200 mosques in Germany for Syrian refugees

400,000 are projected to cross the Mediterranean in 2015

Saudi offers to build 200 mosques in Germany for Syrian refugees
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Saudi Arabia has offered to build 200 mosques in Germany for Syrian refugees who have fled to Europe.

As many as 20,000 refugees entered Germany from Hungary by train, bus and on foot last weekend, in an influx that was described as "breathtaking".

Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a news conference in Berlin, said: “I am happy that Germany has become a country that many people outside of Germany now associate with hope.”

The United Nations has estimated that as many as 400,000 are projected to cross the Mediterranean in 2015, with a further 450,000 predicted for next year.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Saudi Arabia – quoting a report in Arabic newspaper Al Diyar – has offered to build as many as 200 mosques in Germany for Muslims who have fled war-torn Syria.

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Mark Z 5 years ago

Instead of building mosques in Germany, why does not Saudi accommodate these Syrian refugees in Saudi? Give them houses to live and facilities to start some work, and then if some money is left, build them mosques. The First Priority should be Houses, so they can survive.

Susie kelt 5 years ago

Good point. How many refugees are Saudi, and Qatar taking to begin their new lives in their countries?
It will be wonderful for or these Middle eastern countries to welcome the greatest number of refugees since the transition for the refugees will be so much easier. Plus that will contribute to those already Muslim communities.

Geoffrey Riddell 5 years ago

Excellent comment, Mark. They can also pay for schools and hospitals and language centres.

aamir 5 years ago

Build the shelter for them provide them food then mosques

Rayed 5 years ago

"The widely held opinion that Saudi Arabia ... hasn't taken in a single refugee may well be incorrect ... there were 500,000 Syrians in that country."


Arun S 5 years ago

Human can live without religion but, they can't live without food and water. You couldn't provide at least a peaceful environment to them. They lost everything, please understand what they need at this moment and behave with humanity.

Christopher 5 years ago

Rayed, expats are not refugees.

Doris 5 years ago

How about taking refugees instead? we do not need more mosques in Germany to help these poor people.

Doug 5 years ago

@Rayed, even if Saudi Arabia has taken on refugees, that doesn't negate that it should do more.

Germany has pledged to take 800,000 Syrian refugees - that's more than the entire Syrian population of Saudi Arabia, which is likely to be mostly expats.

Saudi Arabia is also perfectly placed to provide a safe haven. The journey from Syria to Saudi Arabia is far shorter and less dangerous than the one from Syria to Europe. They also share a language and a religion which would make integrating them into society far easier. Having the Gulf nations take more refugees than Europe makes sense.

After all, isn't it the Gulf nations who are indirectly backing various militias that are causing all these problems in the first place?

concerned 5 years ago

Dear Rayed,
In that manner there are Syrians in every gulf state, BUT, they have paid for VISA;s etc and come as Worker's, started Buisnesses etc. NOT as Refugees with ZERO in their pockets, There is a difference.