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

CAIRO: Fourteen Egyptians arrived in Cairo Airport Monday evening after having been deported from Saudi Arabia over violating residency laws, Youm7 reported.

The deportees arrived on Saudi airlines from Jeddah; they told Egyptian officials at the airport during investigations that they had experienced disputes with their Saudi sponsors, then “escaped” from them and looked for other jobs in the Kingdom until they were arrested and deported, according to Youm7.

The Saudi sponsorship system entitles business owners to hold passports of foreign workers for the duration of their employment.

The airport authorities checked the criminal record of the deportees before allowing them to leave the airport to make sure they were not wanted in any case.

At least 118 Egyptians were deported from the oil-rich kingdom under similar circumstances in March.

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.

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