Thousands of mostly African workers seek repatriation after 2 people were killed in overnight rioting after visa crackdown. They have packed-up and now they are ready to get out of town.
The exodus comes after a seven-month amnesty for foreigners without proper visas ended earlier this month. Saudi authorities said earlier this year they would no longer tolerate visa irregularities which have led to a large black market in cheap foreign labor in the world’s top oil exporter.
Thousands of mostly African workers are now seeking repatriation after the overnight deaths. Saudi authorities hope to open up private sector jobs to their own citizens by sending illegal workers home.
Hundreds of protesters were arrested Saturday night after riots broke out. Authorities say 68 people were wounded, including 20 Saudis. More than nine million of Saudi Arabia’s 28 million inhabitants are foreigners. -Reuters