Print edition : June 28, 2013
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Illegal immigrant workers at the Saudi immigration offices in Riyadh on May 26. Saudi Arabia has deported hundreds of thousands of illegal foreign workers as part of labour market reforms designed to reduce unemployment among its own citizens. Illegal workers were given three months, starting April, to fix their legal documents for work and residency.
The Saudi Kingdom’s young population remains increasingly jobless and in poverty while xenophobia, in the form of the nitaqat scheme, haunts the poorly paid foreign workers. By VIJAY PRASHAD