39 Egyptians deported from Saudi Arabia for violating residence, labor laws
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CAIRO: A total of 39 Egyptians were deported from Saudi Arabia for violating residency and labor laws in the Kingdom, Youm7 reported Monday.

The deportees arrived in Cairo on board of Saudi airlines coming from Jeddah.

They said that they were arrested by Saudi security authorities, which eventually repatriated them. They were referred to the police to check their criminal record as a condition of their release.

In October alone, there were at least 65 Egyptians deported from the Kingdom over similar circumstances. Some of the deportees had overstayed their visa, while others had disputes with their Saudi sponsors.

The Saudi sponsorship system entitles business owners to hold the passports of foreign workers as long as they work for them. But some Egyptian workers stay in the Kingdom despite expired visas in hopes of finding another job.

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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