24 Egyptians deported from Saudi Arabia due to illegal residency
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Saudi authorities deported back a total of 24 Egyptians over their illegal residency, according to Egyptian local media.

The deportees arrived Tuesday in Cairo International Airport, coming from Jeddah; some of them confessed to the airport security forces that they had been arrested due to violating the residency rules.

On Oct. 30, a total of 33 Egyptians were deported from Saudi Arabia for violating residency and labor laws.

According to a report issued by the Saudi Labor Department in 2014, an estimated 968,000 Egyptians were working in the Kingdom 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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