In the wake of David Cameron’s announcement today on Syrian refugees UKIP MEP James Carver has called for the rich Gulf states ‘to take their share."
“The six Gulf countries which have so far offered no resettlement places to these refugees should be taking some.
“Most of these countries are among the wealthiest on the globe following oil exports. They can afford to help and they certainly should do. They are near neighbours of Syria and have far more in common culturally than with Europe, and certainly than with Britain,” said Mr Carver, West Midlands Euro-MP.
“This is a global crisis and I think right that everyone does their fair share, including us and including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.
“The migrant plight has divided opinion here and that is because we have already taken in so many immigrants - thanks partly to the EU’s free movement rules - that many people are suffering migrant fatigue. This is heightened by the fact the vast majority were economic migrants not refugees fleeing danger.
“The issues that need to be addressed are the underlying causes but they get scant mention from the government as they know that will raise troubling questions about Western involvement in foreign strife,” he said.