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Saudi Arabia is deporting illegal foreign workers in an effort to reduce unemployment among Saudis.
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 09:23
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The Saudi government is enforcing labour laws, hoping that reducing the number of illegal workers in the kingdom will create opportunities for Saudi job seekers.The official Saudi unemployment rate is 12 percent, but excludes a large number of citizens who say they are not seeking a job.

However, the majority of the kingdom's nine million foreigners work as unskilled labourers or domestic workers, jobs usually shunned by Saudis.


/Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has been deporting illegal foreign workers as part of labour reforms designed to reduce unemployment among its own citizens.



/Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Illegal workers were initially given a period of three months from April onwards to fix their legal documents for work and residency.



/Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters
The security sweep comes after seven months of warnings by Saudi Arabia's government, which has created a task force of 1,200 Labour Ministry officials who are combing the country in search of foreign workers employed without proper permits.


/Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters
More than 16,000 people have already been rounded up, according to authorities.


/REUTERS
Authorities say that since warnings were issued earlier this year, almost seven million foreigners in Saudi Arabia corrected their paperwork to accurately reflect their occupation and workplace.


/Faisal Nasser / Reuters
The kingdom also issued more than one million final exit visas, which ban people from ever returning.


/Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Saudi officials were quoted as saying that nearly half of the illegal workers were arrested near the southern border with Yemen.



/Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

For decades Saudi authorities ignored irregularities such as working for firms that had not sponsored their visas or working in trades other than those listed on immigration documents.



/REUTERS

Hundreds of thousands of workers left Saudi Arabia during the seven-month grace period.



/REUTERS

However, many workers still cannot leave the country because they lack official papers, including passports.




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Illegal workers were initially given a period of three months from April onwards to fix their legal documents for work and residency.

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Saudi officials were quoted as saying that nearly half of the illegal workers were arrested near the southern border with Yemen.

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For decades Saudi authorities ignored irregularities such as working for firms that had not sponsored their visas or working in trades other than those listed on immigration documents.

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Hundreds of thousands of workers left Saudi Arabia during the seven-month grace period.

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However, many workers still cannot leave the country because they lack official papers, including passports.

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Saudi Arabia has been deporting illegal foreign workers as part of labour market reforms designed to reduce unemployment among its own citizens.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/fe0119a4398f28689e2a4aeb775d66d0Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has been deporting illegal foreign workers as part of labour market reforms designed to reduce unemployment among its own citizens.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/99a8f811b03306322befa602e115a069

Illegal workers were initially given a period of three months from April onwards to fix their legal documents for work and residency in the kingdom.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/99a8f811b03306322befa602e115a069Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Illegal workers were initially given a period of three months from April onwards to fix their legal documents for work and residency in the kingdom.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/a6949508692bf01c455cbbcd6720b5e6

The security sweep comes after seven months of warnings by Saudi Arabia's government, which has created a task force of 1,200 Labour Ministry officials who are combing the country in search of foreign workers employed without proper permits.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/a6949508692bf01c455cbbcd6720b5e6Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

The security sweep comes after seven months of warnings by Saudi Arabia's government, which has created a task force of 1,200 Labour Ministry officials who are combing the country in search of foreign workers employed without proper permits.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/4f1b1ccb0d151586f1ce27e009309ff4

More than 16,000 people have already been rounded up, according to authorities.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/4f1b1ccb0d151586f1ce27e009309ff4Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

More than 16,000 people have already been rounded up, according to authorities.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/83e0dbae83237d195b311d3e882f9bb6

Authorities say that since warnings were issued earlier this year, almost seven million foreigners in Saudi Arabia corrected their paperwork to accurately reflect their occupation and workplace.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/83e0dbae83237d195b311d3e882f9bb6REUTERS

Authorities say that since warnings were issued earlier this year, almost seven million foreigners in Saudi Arabia corrected their paperwork to accurately reflect their occupation and workplace.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/6c1ee069f7a8b5b32983a77c969d7ffa

The kingdom also issued more than one million final exit visas, which ban people from ever returning.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/6c1ee069f7a8b5b32983a77c969d7ffaFaisal Nasser / Reuters

The kingdom also issued more than one million final exit visas, which ban people from ever returning.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/5d7ba45ad791d35e2a9c068020e0fa33

Saudi officials were quoted as saying that nearly half of the migrants were arrested near the southern border with Yemen.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/5d7ba45ad791d35e2a9c068020e0fa33Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Saudi officials were quoted as saying that nearly half of the migrants were arrested near the southern border with Yemen.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/19b7f0d0d5e5e4ccd804a0b4ab1e6694

For decades, Saudi authorities ignored irregularities such as working for firms that had not sponsored their visas or in trades other than those listed on their immigration documents.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/19b7f0d0d5e5e4ccd804a0b4ab1e6694Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

For decades, Saudi authorities ignored irregularities such as working for firms that had not sponsored their visas or in trades other than those listed on their immigration documents.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/29df4f571d0b8f17bfbca0704e991f42

Hundreds of thousands of workers have already left the kingdom following the seven months grace period .

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/29df4f571d0b8f17bfbca0704e991f42REUTERS

Hundreds of thousands of workers have already left the kingdom following the seven months grace period .

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/3dc4ea176029550eeaa94da3ebfbf06e

However many workers still cannot leave the country because they lack official papers, including passports.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Saudi_illegal_workers/slideshow/no-caption/3dc4ea176029550eeaa94da3ebfbf06eREUTERS

However many workers still cannot leave the country because they lack official papers, including passports.



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