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UAE Is Taking A Big Step Towards Helping Refugees With This New Visa Grant

Humanitarianism lies in the hearts of UAE’s royals and they’ve made a generous move to help people from war-affected countries seek refuge.

Visa has been granted for citizens of war-torn countries

Citizens from countries affected by wars and disasters are eligible to attain a visa irrespective of their living conditions from August 1st-October31st. They will be provided with a year-long residency visa allowing them to live in the country. Plus, fines will be exempted for citizens from such countries.

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Statistics show there are more than 25 million refugees

From the statistics by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), there are 25.4 million refugees worldwide. Most of these refugees come from South Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria and 85% of them are in developing countries. Turkey is hosting the highest number of refugees; 2.5 million, followed by Uganda(1.4 million), Pakistan(1.3 million) and Lebanon(1 million).

New visa grant comes in line with ‘Year of Zayed’

Humanitarianism has been an integral aspect this year for UAE as it’s the centennial year of UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This year was declared as the ‘Year of Zayed’ by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, honouring the late Sheikh Zayed’s legacy on humanitarianism and multiple initiatives have been implemented in line with the ‘Year of Zayed’ objectives.

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