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UAE has given visas to 100,000 Syrians since 2011, says gov't

Emirates says it has provided over $530m in humanitarian aid and development assistance

UAE has given visas to 100,000 Syrians since 2011, says gov't
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The UAE has said that its government has provided residency permits to more than 100,000 Syrians since the crisis hit in 2011 and more than 242,000 Syrian nationals are living in the country.

The Emirati government issued a statement to Associated Press amid criticism that Gulf States were not doing enough to address the refugee crisis in Syria.

"The UAE has made it one of its foreign policy priorities to address this issue in a sustainable and humane fashion together with its regional and international partners," the statement said.

The UAE also said that since 2012, in response to the Syrian crisis, it has provided over $530 million in humanitarian aid and development assistance. It said that some of the aid goes towards a UAE-funded camp, known as Marajeeb Al Fhood, which houses more than 4,000 refugees.