Riyadh, Sep 12: Saudi Arabia announced on Friday it has received 2.5 million Syrians since the beginning of Syrian crisis in 2011, Saudi Press Agency reported late Friday. Also Read - Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on International Flights, Land And Sea Entry

The Syrians have not been treated as refugees. They have been given the freedom to move across the country, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Also Read - Air India Waives Penalties For Rescheduling Bookings For UK, Oman, Saudi

The Syrians have been given residency permits, which give them the rights to receive free medical care, to join the labour market and to attend schools and universities, Xinhua news agency reported. (ALSO READ: Europe migrant crisis: Is US not morally obliged to take responsibility of war-torn Syrians?) Also Read - China Gives Pakistan $1.5 Billion Loan to Repay Saudi Arabia Debt

And it was contained in a royal decree in 2012 that instructed public schools to accept Syrian students. According to government statistics, the public school system has accepted more than 100,000 Syrian students, the statement said.

Moreover, aid provided by Saudi Arabia to Syrians in and outside camps totals around $700 mn.

Saudi Arabia’s announcement came as the migrants’ crisis in Europe deepens and the world urges the Gulf states to do more to deal with the increasing number of Syrian refugees who are fleeing their home country. (Image Credits – Twitter)