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4 million illegal residents arrested in Saudi Arabia since 2017

The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced recently that 4.4 million residence and work regulations’ violators were arrested, since the launch of the campaign “A Country without illegal resident” in mid-2017, pointing to the deportation of 1.1 million of them.

The Ministry of the Interior said in a statement, Friday: “The joint field campaigns to control violators of residence and work led to the arrest of more than 4 million and 405,000 and 989 violators. One million and 111,000 and 703 violators were deported”.

The statement explained that the total number of violators of the residency and work system reached three million and 444,000 and 531, while the rest are violating the border security system.

The statement added that “The number of those who were caught during their attempt to infiltrate into the kingdom is 80,000 and 302 infiltrators, 42% of them are Yemenis, 55% Ethiopians, and the rest are other nationalities,”

The statement pointed out that “the number of citizens who were arrested for their involvement in the transportation or accommodation of violating arrivals reached 4,000 and 755 citizens”.

In July 2017, Saudi Arabia launched a massive campaign to deport violators of residence and work systems, with the aim of restricting illegal residents, in light of a vision that considers the large number of expatriates caused widespread unemployment among Saudis. The “A Country without illegal resident” campaign targets every expatriate who does not have a residency document proving his identity, every expatriate has a residency document and violated the residency and work system, and every expatriate who entered the Kingdom on a Hajj, Umrah, Visiting or Transit visa and did not initiate the departure after its expiration, in addition to every expatriate who violated the instructions Hajj without permission.