Saudi Arabia Extradited 4,140 Immigrants Staying In The Country Illegally In Last Two Months

The Logical Indian

January 8th, 2018

Source: Gulf News, Hindustan Times | Image Credit: Middle East Monitor, Kalerkantho

Saudi authorities have tried to bring about law and order by launching efforts to capture foreigners who are staying illegally in the country. The most recent effort has allowed them to capture 337,281 foreigners, including 198,231 who did not have substantial papers for immigration and 99,980 who did not have legitimate work grants in the major cities. Saudi Arabia is home to 3.2 million Indians.

The Saudi authorities have so far extradited 4,140 of the foreigners who got into the country furtively and who were caught between November 15 and January 2, as indicated by the figures given by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The authorities also caught 178 individuals for trying to leave Saudi Arabia illicitly in the similar period.


The Issue

Ethiopians make up 23% and different nationalities that were not indicated are the rest of the 2%, captured for sneaking illicitly into Saudi Arabia. Yemenis make up 75% of the foreigners.

Yemenis, baited by more appealing financial opportunities in their neighbour, are often ready to go for broke and cross the rocky 1,800-kilometer frontier. The border has also pulled in Africans who look forward to getting away from terrible living conditions in their countries and trying for brilliant opportunities in Saudi Arabia.

In addition to these economic-based refugees, the outskirts have additionally turned into a magnet for religious aficionados and radicals that plan terror attacks in the kingdom. Drug and weapon dealers have also invested energy and cash to outsmart the soldiers at the fringes of the desert and find customers.

These dangers have incited Saudi Arabia to burn through a lot of money to boost its defence, security and vigilance facets to keep intruders from getting into the country.

While trying to handle the negative effect of monetary and social repercussions and dangers from the large number of foreigners who wish to remain in Saudi Arabia instead of going home, in spite of the expiry of their documents, the experts in March last year gave these illegals a three-month grace period to leave the kingdom without paying fines or facing legal battles.

The grace time frame was a piece of the “Nation Free of Violators” campaign to enable undocumented foreigners to regularize their status. Illegal foreigners were cautioned that they would need to pay fines extending from 15,000 to 100,000 riyals in the event that they neglected to regularize their circumstance or leave the nation inside the 90-day reprieve.

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