German newspapers are reporting how oil rich Arab states are blocking visas for Syrian refugees but are simultaneously offering millions to build up to 200 mosques to cope with the refugee exodus into Germany.
UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall said: “It is about time the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation stepped up to the plate and helped. Some of the richest countries in the world are both nearer geographically and culturally to most members of this tragic exodus. But instead of adopting the obvious humanitarian response and taking in some of the desperate masses it appears that they are offering to build mosques in Germany instead. Hardly a humanitarian priority”
According to reports from Syrian exile groups countries like Saudi Arabia are refusing visas to Syrians as they fear the impact of more secular, Arabic speaking people disrupting Saudi civil society.
Meanwhile the OIC, which is holding a crisis meeting on Sunday, is demanding that Europe do more to help the refugees.