Saudi Arabia has terminated 71 per cent of expatriates working in government roles, according to reports by Arabic newspaper Al-Watan.

According to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), 60,000 expatriates were working in the government sector in 2017.

Al-Watan reported that expat recruitments are still being made in healthcare and education – where  91 per cent of the remaining expats are employed.

Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, minister of Civil Services in Saudi Arabia had said earlier this year that he did not think it possible to replace all foreigners in the above two sectors within 2020.

In September 2017, the Ministry of Civil Service said that it planned to replace all foreign staff in the government sector with Saudis, aiming to fill 28,000 roles by the end of the year 2020.