Saudi: More than a million expat violators caught; Few deported

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The Nation Free of Violators campaign, which was launched on Nov. 15, has so far netted as many as 1,059,888 expatriate violators of the systems of residency, work laws and border security, the campaign has announced according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

According to the campaign, a total of 778,748 expatriates have violated the system of residency, 193,621 the work laws and 87,519 the system of border security.

It said as many as 271,350 expatiate violators were deported to their respective homes while 13,219 consisting of 11,306 men and 1,913 women were presently being held at the detention centers.

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It said 149,606 violators were referred to their embassies and consulates to issue them with travel documents while 183,461 were completing their flight bookings.

The campaign said as many as 15,344 expatriates were nabbed while attempting to infiltrate into the Kingdom from its southern borders. They consisted of 57 percent Yemenis, 40 percent Ethiopians and three percent people of various nationalities.

It also said 704 people were apprehended while trying to exit the Kingdom illegally.

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According to the campaign, 1,945 people, including 334 Saudis were held for providing illegal expatriates with transport and accommodation.

It said 306 Saudi nationals were questioned, penalized and released while 28 are still being detained for further investigations.

About 19 government ministries and departments including the directorate general of passport (Jawazat) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development are participating in the campaign.


Source Credit: Saudi Gazette


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