1.35m Saudi expats arrested in last eight months
The crackdown against illegal residents as part of a Saudi Arabian government campaign that began eight months ago, security authorities have apprehended a total of 1,359,345 people from various parts of the country.
Those detained or deported included violators of the systems of residency, labor and border security. As reported, the ‘Nation Without Illegal Expats’ campaign was launched on Nov. 15, 2017, with 19 Saudi Arabian ministries and government departments participating.
According to report from Ryiad in The Saudi Gazette, campaign officials said that 1,017,427 expatriates have “violated the system of residency”,with 233,125 breaking labour laws and 108,793 breaching border security.
As a result a total of 346,976 illegal foreign residents were deported to their respective countries while 12,682 (10,005 men and 2,677 women) are currently held in detention centers in different parts of the Kingdom, the report said.
As reported elsewhere, 234,000 foreigners have also lost their jobs in the private and public sectors during the first quarter of 2018. This follows the introduction of expat levy taxes for employees and significantly increased expat worker and family member taxes, designed to reduce the number of expats in the region.