17 Egyptians deported from Saudi over violating residency laws
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A total of 17 Egyptians were deported from Saudi Arabia Tuesday for violating residency and labor laws, Youm7 reported.

The deportees told the authorities upon arrival in Cairo International Airport that they had disputes with their Saudi sponsors, left work and stayed in the Kingdom until they were arrested and deported.

They arrived in a Saudi plane flying from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom deports Egyptians who overstay their visas almost on monthly basis since last year.

At least 154 Egyptians were deported from October 2015 to January 2016.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned citizens not to overstay their visas in Saudi Arabia or return to the Kingdom illegally after deportation.

Some of the deportees arrived in Egypt with travel documents issued by the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah, as their passports were withheld by their Saudi sponsors.

The Saudi sponsorship system entitles business owners to hold the passports of foreign workers as long as they work for them.

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.

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