Saudi labour minister reassures expatriate workers

"There is no strategic target to reduce the number of working expatriates, and we don't want to link reducing unemployment with [them]," Dr Mufrej Al Haqbani said

Expat job cuts are not a "strategic goal", Saudi's labour minister said. [Representational image]
Expat job cuts are not a "strategic goal", Saudi's labour minister said. [Representational image]

There is "no strategic target" in place to reduce the number of expats in the kingdom, Saudi Arabia's labour minister reportedly said. 

Minister of Labour and Social Development, Dr Mufrej Al Haqbani, said up to 9 million expats work in the kingdom. 

Haqbani, according to BNA, was speaking at the launch of the National Transformation Programme, which includes the creation of 1.3 million jobs for Saudis in the years to come. 

"There is no strategic target to reduce the number of working expatriates, and we don't want to link reducing unemployment with expatriates," the minister said, according to Reuters.

"The presence of expatriates is very important for the economy." 

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