More than two thousand illegal immigrants from several countries including Sri Lanka, detained over the weekend in Saudi Arabia are facing deportation, according to the Saudi Arabian interior ministry.
It said they had no work permits or their permits had not been renewed and were citizens of Yemen, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Egypt.
Many large business and shopping centers were raided in joint operations by the interior and labor ministries.
Hundreds of thousands of workers have been deported since the government introduced a regulation in March 2013 which sends undocumented workers back to their countries of origin.
The unemployment rate is around 12 percent in Saudi Arabia and foreign workers comprise 55 percent of the total labor force.
According to UN reports, there are 9.1 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, which has a population of 28 million.
Saudi Arabia deported 133,800 Yemeni nationals in 2013, a report by the Yemeni Parliament said. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labor announced in December that 80,000 Ethiopians and 50,000 Somalis had been sent to their countries.
One million illegal workers also left the country during the amnesty period extended by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to November 3.(Worldbulletin News)
Comments - 6
Singithi Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:17 AM
Sama.. (Rata giya) Mama awa..
Yuri Thursday, 30 January 2014 03:59 AM
from hell to better hell
sobers Thursday, 30 January 2014 08:43 AM
Many opportunities back home! You can be a stooge to the politicians or even contest the forthcoming elections.
shamak Thursday, 30 January 2014 04:08 AM
Hey Roger, That Hell far more better than SL......
Yuri Wednesday, 29 January 2014 05:58 PM
Come back. New High way, New Airport, New China Loan, But how you going to live here another story. miracle Of Asia waiting for you .....
Roger Wednesday, 29 January 2014 06:01 PM
getting deported from hell is not a bif deal
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