As many as 781,314 illegals living in Saudi Arabia were deported from the country in the past 18 months in violation of the Kingdom’s residency and labor regulations, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
A total of 3,117,743 illegals were arrested and deported for violating the residency and labor regulations and border security laws during the period in Saudi.
The Ministry of Interior launched a nationwide crackdown against illegal residents on Nov. 15, 2017, in coordination with 19 government departments including the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
The campaign officials said a total of 418,944 violators were transferred to their concerned embassies and consulates to issue them with travel documents while 528,363 others were completing their travel procedures.
According to the officials, 11,860 violators are currently held in various detention centers in the Kingdom. They include 10,196 men and 1,664 women.
As many as 3,811 people were caught providing accommodation and transportation to the illegal expatriates. They included 1,289 Saudis, of whom 1,258 were investigated, punished and released while 31 were still being probed.
The ministry launched the campaign titled “A nation free of illegals” on March 29, 2017, with an initial 90-day grace period, which was extended several times, for all visa overstayers and violators of residency and labor laws to leave the country without incurring any penalties.
The passport authorities and several foreign diplomatic missions had opened facilitation centers in various parts of the country to help illegal residents wishing to leave the Kingdom on their own to complete the procedures.