CAIRO: A total of 29 Egyptian expatriates who were deported from Saudi Arabia over residency and labor laws violations arrived at Cairo International Airport Thursday, Youm7 reported.
The deportees, who were arrested last week arrived in Cairo aboard a Saudi airline flight from Jeddah. Upon arrival, authorities at the airport checked their crime records before they were released, a source at the airport told Youm7.
Some of the deportees arrived in Egypt with travel documents issued by the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah, as their passports had been withheld by their Saudi sponsors, the airport’s security chief Fahmi Megahed was quoted by Youm7.
The Saudi sponsorship system entitles business owners to hold passports of foreign workers for the duration of their employment.
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.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned citizens not to overstay their visas in Saudi Arabia or return to the kingdom illegally after deportation.