CAIRO: A total of 31 Egyptians were deported from Saudi Arabia late Sunday for violating residency laws, a security source told Youm7.
The deportees arrived in Cairo Airport via two Saudi Airlines planes; they admitted to have breached the law regulating foreigners’ stay in the Kingdom.
In November, 46 Egyptians were deported from Saudi, and 65 others were deported in October. Some of the deportees arrived in Egypt with travel documents issued by the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as their passports were withheld by their Saudi sponsors.
Some Egyptians overstay their visas in Saudi Arabia to find work or try to find a job after leaving their passports with their 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.