Filipinos warned against illegal Saudi exit

Workers using fixers have lost thousands of dollars

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Workers from the Philipines have been warned not to try to get out of Saudi Arabia using illegal 'fixers'.

The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has warned that fixers were duping Filipino workers workers out of thousands of rials, exploiting their desperation to get out of the kingdom after overstaying visas or running away from their employers.

Jeddah-based newspaper Arab News reported that the consulate has documented two recent cases in which the victims were conned out of savings totaling SR6,500 (US$1,733) by a man known as 'Hassan', who promised to have them sent home to the Philippines with the help of his supposed contacts in the immigration office.

The advisory urged potential victims to be cautious in dealing with individuals “who pretend and profess to have connections and/or contacts with Saudi authorities and could facilitate repatriation to the Philippines for a fee.”

“It is strongly advised that instead contact with the consulate be made in this regard,” said the advisory.

Consul General Ezzedin Tago and other officials of the Philippine mission in the Kingdom have repeatedly warned that there is no such “backdoor exit” in Jeddah. The consulate is currently working with the Saudi Arabian authorities to have workers sent home providing they have not been committed of a crime.

In mid-2007, a total of 925 Filipinos were sent home, followed by mass repatriations in 2008, 2009 and earlier this year. Since July, more than 700 Filipinos have been sent home.
 

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