CAIRO: Saudi Authorities have deported Saturday 49 Egyptian expatriates for infringing residency laws, Youm7 reported.
After two weeks in detention, the expats were deported after their work residencies expired, according to officials at the Saudi Passport Department; the residencies were not renewed by the sponsor (kafeel.)
The Saudi sponsorship system gives employers control of workers’ residency permits as they can not change jobs or leave the country without written permits from the sponsors. They arrived in Cairo airport onboard a Saudi plane before they were received by the security forces for investigation.
According to a report issued by the Saudi Labor Department in 2014, the number of Egyptians working in the Kingdom was estimated at 968,000 at the end of 2013, representing about 40 percent of the total Arab expatriate workforce in Saudi Arabia.