The UAE announced in 2016 that it will welcome 15,000 Syrians into the country in a span of five years, and it also recently announced offering residents from war-troubled countries a one-year residency permit as a part of the country’s three-month-long amnesty programme.
It is unclear which of the mentioned new laws was reason for Hamad’s two-year residency visa.
At 11, Hamad took the deadly sea route from Turkey to Greece to flee the Syrian war, after which he went to Germany.
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