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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Syrian Refugees: Why aren't They Clamoring to Find Refuge in Arab Countries?

Besides Syria, there are close to two dozen Arab countries, some pretty close to Syria, and some are extremely modern and affluent.

National Geographic

Maps of Arab countries and Israel. Note that Israel is a tiny island in a sea of Arab countries. MEFacts.com

Considering the difficulties all immigrants have learning new languages and adjusting to new cultures, norms and school curriculums, you'd think that the innumerable syrians fleeing their country would make a beeline to nearby Arab countries.

List of Arab countries from Wikipedia


PosCountryPopulationWorld ranking
1 Egypt89,100,00016
2 Algeria39,500,00033
3 Sudan38,448,00035
4 Iraq37,425,00039
5 Morocco33,666,17940
6 Saudi Arabia31,560,00045
7 Yemen25,502,00049
8 Syria17,740,34055
9 Tunisia10,982,80077
10 Somalia10,456,00085
11 United Arab Emirates9,589,00093
12 Libya6,449,000103
13 Jordan6,745,023106
14 Palestine sic*4,650,368123
15 Lebanon4,468,000126
16 Mauritania3,778,254134
17 Kuwait3,589,000138
18 Oman3,383,000139
19 Qatar2,321,000149
20 Bahrain1,359,000155
21 Djibouti923,000158
22 Comoros830,000163
Total Arab League365,674,964


RankCountryArea (km2)[Note 1]Area (sq mi)% of TotalNotes
1 Algeria2,381,741919,59518.1%Largest country in the Arab world.
2 Saudi Arabia2,149,690830,00016.4%Largest kingdom in the Arab world.
3 Sudan1,861,484718,72314.2%Formerly the largest country in the Arab world.
4 Libya1,759,540679,36011.4%
5 Mauritania1,025,520395,9607.8%
6 Egypt1,002,000387,0007.6%Excluding the Hala'ib Triangle (20,580 km2/7,950 sq mi).
7 Morocco713,550275,5003.4%Does not include Western Sahara (266,000 km2/103,000 sq mi).
8 Somalia637,657246,2014.9%Largest exclusive economic zone in the Arab world.
9 Yemen527,968203,8504.0%
10 Iraq435,244168,0493.3%
11 Oman309,500119,5002.4%
12 Syria185,18071,5001.4%Including the part of the Golan Heights (1,200 km2/460 sq mi) currently occupied by Israel. sic*
13 Tunisia163,61063,1701.2%
14 Jordan89,34234,4950.7%
15 United Arab Emirates83,60032,3000.6%One of three federated states in the Arab world.
16 Djibouti23,2009,0000.1%
17 Kuwait17,8186,8800.1%
18 Qatar11,5864,4730.08%
19 Lebanon10,4524,0360.08%
20 State of Palestine6,0202,3200.05%Under Israeli occupation. sic*
21 Comoros2,2358630.01%
22 Bahrain7582930.005%

Population density[edit]

1 Bahrain1,7884,6317502901,341,000[3]
2 State of Palestine7131,8476,0202,3204,293,313sic*  [21]
3 Lebanon4081,05710,4524,0364,268,000
4 Comoros3438882,235863767,000
5 Kuwait16242017,8186,8802,889,000
6 Qatar17545311,0004,2001,921,000
7 Syria117303185,18071,50021,740,340
8 United Arab Emirates9725183,60032,3008,089,070[22]
9 Egypt962491,001,449386,66282,532,544[23]
10 Morocco78202446,550172,41032,666,179Including Western Sahara (Non-self-governing territory)[24]
11 Jordan7118489,34234,4956,345,023
12 Iraq76197438,317169,23533,425,000
13 Tunisia65168163,61063,17010,673,800[25]
14 Yemen45117527,968203,85025,502,000
15 Djibouti3910123,2009,000923,000
16 Sudan18471,886,068728,21534,848,000[26]
17 Algeria17442,381,741919,59539,500,000
18 Somalia1539637,657246,2019,656,000
19 Saudi Arabia13.1342,149,690830,00028,660,000
20 Oman9.324309,500119,5002,883,000
21 Libya3.79.61,759,540679,3606,449,000
22 Mauritania3.38.51,025,520395,9603,378,254
* There is no "State of Palestine" and has never ever been one!

Considering the amount and variety of Arab countries, many of which have extremely low population density, shouldn't they be the main countries welcoming Syrians fleeing their homes?

Israel Resource Review
This is an important question. Jordan has accepted some refugees, but I wonder if they will let them become Jordanians. Since 1948, they have kept their fellow Arabs from Israel in refugee camps enthusiastically supported by the United Nations aka UNRWA. Almost seventy years after the establishment of the State of Israel, these refugee camps are  still being used to indoctrinate and train terrorists to attack and destabilize Israel.

The vast majority of Syrian refugees, seem to have been able to afford to get much further away than Jordan. Considering the price the smugglers and agents demand per head, there must be someone funding this massive exodus to Europe, the Americas etc.

I suggest three simple reasons why the fleeing Syrians are not flocking to other Arab countries:

  1. There are people/organizations encouraging/funding them to attempt to enter other countries and societies. There are two reasons for this, humanitarian and to get sleeper terrorists into those other countries. 
  2. The Arab countries are not looking for fellow Arabs to increase their populations. 
  3. The refugees want to get as far from Syria and Arab culture as they can.
What do you think?

Please write your opinion in the comments thanks.


Unknown said...

Trojan horse, that's what this is. An excuse to get inside.

Anonymous said...

It is a strategically planned Islamic invasion of Europe. It is part of Islam, called hijrah: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/08/the-invasion-of-europe-and-america

Batya said...

Yes exactly

ruthcropp said...

of course they want to invade countries other than the arab world for just the reason stated above. it is strategic and a way to carry out their terrorist plans. why else?

lizzy said...

not just because of their terrorist plans but also because it is obligatory for them to do "hijra" - the Islamic term for migration of muslims to foreign lands with the aim of populating it, and then of course taking over by means of force or sheer numbers. then the domination and subjugation will begin. sharia will be enforced. and indigenous peoples will become 2nd class people or "dhimmies".
welcome to the world of islam.

CR said...

Has something to do with Zevulun and those Israelis that were exiled to Assyria ages ago. The Mediterranean asked for such an unceremonious influx, in a way. I mean, the West isn't immune from Inquisitory Karma. Why flock to the North, I wonder. Probably because the Gog and Magog War is unfolding. Isn't Hamonah near the Golan? Pretty sure the east and north should be preparing accordingly, as Amos Gilad recently divulged. Judeans should have scaled the mountains, by now, since the West pretty much has fallen. The Decline has been dramatic, since Barack was voted into Office. I haven't forgotten that Westerners chose to be Gay, have you? Pretty certain Hashem will use terrorists to punish the Wicked. Looking forward to Babylon, U.S.A. being decimated, honestly.

CR said...

It's Winter, so observe Shabbat that much more precisely and pray that your community isn't forcibly dismantled [for defensive purposes]. The reality is that Shomronim are in danger of being evacuated, were a major War to break out.

Batya said...

Ruth, yes, so true.
lizzy, good point, thanks.
CR, really? OK

Diron Talbertson said...

Nice site. 1970. A good year. You have hung in that long and not returned to the US like so many who came back then. Very good.

You must be special. You could have stayed in the US and made a lot of money.

By now, you could have had a house in Westchester or West LA. 46 years in Israel. Unbelievable.

Good for you. It is nice to know there are committed Zionists who have hung in from the days of old.

Batya said...

I highly doubt that we would have made any money in America. Not everyone is rich, and living as Torah observant Jews with day school tuition etc is very expensive.

ora said...

well, at the moment, 3-4 million syrian refugees are in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey... so they already are in arab or moslem countries...

Batya said...

That is good to hear. I hope the will be encouragrd to assimilate and not held in gated camps.