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300,000 Sudanese expat workers could face deportation from Saudi Arabia: report


November 5, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Around 300,000 Sudanese expats in Saudi Arabia could face deportation after failing to adjust their status in compliance with the new rules declared by the Ministry of Labor in Riyadh.

An officer delivers passports to Sudanese migrants at the Secretariat for Sudanese Working Abroad in Khartoum on 13 May 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The Saudi government has started to enforce a long-disregarded rule that expatriates can work only for their sponsor. The aim is to close a loophole allowing companies to get around strict new quotas that determine how many Saudis they employ.

According to al-Khartoum daily newspaper unofficial figures show that there 900,000 Sudanese migrant workers in Saudi Arabia of which 600,000 are in compliance with labor and immigration laws.

The newspaper quoted government sources as saying that the government has no intention of assisting the returnees because it is currently preoccupied with its economic crisis.

So far 900 Sudanese expats have arrived in the Red Sea coastal city of Port Sudan from Saudi Arabia.

The same sources ruled out having the returnees would accommodated into government positions as the majority of them are low-skilled workers which means they could possibly be employed in the agricultural and grazing sectors.

It emphasized that Saudi authorities were determined to enforce the new visa rules and deporting all illegal workers who fail to correct their status, saying that they informed foreign consulates to deport their undocumented nationals and assigned them special offices tasked with issuing emergency visas.

Sudanese workers abroad especially in the Arab Gulf countries are one of the main sources of hard currency through their remittances they send to their families.

Since the secession of oil-rich south in July 2011, Sudan’s reserves of hard currency started to dry up thus making the local currency fall to its lowest level to record last month.


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  • 6 November 2013 08:52, by Akol Liai Mager

    The Republic of Kauda should offer jobs’ Positions in its SRF army for these anticipated deportees otherwise they will join protestors in Khartoum Streets and get kill in cold blood without weapons to defend themselves with. 300,000 is a great workforce for the total liberation of Sudan and when that is achieved they will kick out Saudis who bought lands for their businesses in Sudan as payback.

    • 6 November 2013 10:23, by South South

      Sudanese people are begging everywhere for food. Look to this number 30, 000. What Mess Fake Arabs are facing these days. let’s them taste it. We told them after South Sudan will be nothing but piece of dirt( Culture of Fake Arabs is killing Sudan)

      • 6 November 2013 21:19, by Northern Sudanese

        when did you urine drinking monkey get out of your hut? A long time ago I thought you became a respectful man but in fact, you are still the same urine drinker....
        nigger sudan has 40% arab haplogroup J DNA thats even higher than most north africans + expats are workers, not beggars! you lack serious education! and this report is as fake as your brains!

        • 7 November 2013 01:34, by Isme

          Shame shame shame shame, 900,000 thousand sudanese slaves in saudia arabia, which mean 900,000÷3 jobs= watchmen, toilet cleaners, and motherfucks, why don’t sudan deported this huge desprate job seekers to Israel so they can clean our streets as well our toilet and fuck the rest of them lol. Isme from Israel.

      • 6 November 2013 21:22, by Northern Sudanese

        HAHAH lol nigger you cannot compare south sudan with sudan!
        what are you pieces of garbage since you left the north? you can’t feed over halve your people, over 90% in poverty , 97% in huts, wages not paid, business on halt, worst health crisis , no development and list goes on while sudan is booming with projects and recovering economy
        you urine drinkers are fucked and will die in peace

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