Saudi labour raids to intensify over the next week

Crackdown on illegal workers to target specific areas

Picture for illustrative purposes only
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The Labor Ministry in Jeddah is set to step up its raids on illegal workers, targeting specific areas next week, official sources told Arab News.

The campaign will concentrate on checking workers' iqamas match their jobs and if they are working for their sponsors, the paper reported.

Jeddah police officers are looking for illegal foreign workers at locations where they are likely to gather.

“The police are raiding areas under the Kilo 8 overpass and the Sitteen Street overpass where illegal foreign workers often gather,” Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq, spokesman for Jeddah police, is quoted as saying. Undercover police officers also check these areas regularly, he said.

Col. Badr bin Saud Al-Saud, spokesman of the Makkah Police, said more than 106,120 violators of work and residency laws had been detained at the Shumaisi detention centre on the Makkah-Jeddah Expressway since the clampdown on illegal workers started early last month.

Officials have fingerprinted 59,392 Ethiopians and 13,418 Indonesians, and deported 50,956 and 9,562 respectively.

Al-Saud said the government provides detainees at the Al-Shumaisi detention centre with three meals a day, and free soft drinks and snacks at reception and departure halls.

The facility operates an 800m2 laundry room.


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