Saudi authorities deport 21 Egyptians for violating residency, visa regulations
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CAIRO: A total of 21 Egyptians were deported from Saudi Arabia Saturday for violating residency and labor laws, Al Masry Al Youm reported.

The deportees, who were arrested last week by Saudi authorities, arrived in the Cairo International Airport Saturday evening aboard a Saudi airline flight from Jeddah.

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 airport’s security chief Fahmi Megahed was quoted by Al Masry Al Youm.

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.

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

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