Saudi Arabia deports 12 Egyptians for violating residency laws
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia deported 12 Egyptians for violating residency and labor laws; they arrived in Cairo Airport Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

The deportees flew in a Saudia Airlines airplane from Jeddah; they admitted to have breached the law regulating foreigners’ stay in the Kingdom.

At least 31 Egyptians were deported from the oil-rich state in December, while 46 were deported in November and 65 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.

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