Saudi Arabia deports 33 Egyptians for violating residency laws
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A total of 33 Egyptians were deported from Saudi Arabia Friday for violating residency and labor laws, in the fourth wave of deportation this month, Youm7 reported.

The deportees, arriving on Saudi airlines from Jeddah, confirmed they had overstayed their visa upon arrival at the Cairo International Airport. They were referred to the police to check their criminal record as a condition of their release.

On Tuesday, 29 Egyptians were deported from Saudi Arabia on the same grounds.

In two other waves earlier in October, 32 Egyptians were deported from the Kingdom. On Oct. 15, 19 Egyptians were deported with travel documents issued by the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah, rather than passports, because theirs were withheld by Saudi sponsors.

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.

In 2013, the Saudi authorities deported about 200,000 foreign workers in four months due to illegal residency. Thousands others have reportedly been deported in 2014, as many workers overstay their visa in hopes to find a new job.

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