The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior announced on Saturday that it had deported 6,274 violators of residency and labor laws within a week.
According to a statement released by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior, “Joint field campaigns to monitor and apprehend violators of residency, labor, and border security laws in the Kingdom, conducted from June 22 to June 28, resulted in the arrest of 10,710 individuals, including 6,070 violators of residency laws, 3,071 violators of border security laws, and 1,569 violators of labor laws.”
A total of 558 individuals were caught attempting to cross the Saudi Arabian border into the country, with 49% of them being Yemeni nationals, 48% being Ethiopian nationals, and 3% being from other nationalities. Additionally, 62 individuals were caught attempting to cross the Saudi Arabian border out of the country illegally, and 11 individuals were found to be facilitating the transportation, housing, and employment of violators of residency, labor, and border security laws.
Currently, 555.33 violators of residency and labor laws are undergoing legal procedures, including 5483 women and 072.28 men. Furthermore, 507.25 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 1,621 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 6,274 violators were deported.
The Ministry of Interior stressed that anyone who facilitates the entry or transportation of border security violators into or within the country, provides them with shelter or any form of assistance, may face imprisonment for up to 15 years, a fine of up to SAR 1 million, and confiscation of any means of transportation or housing used to shelter them, in addition to public humiliation.
The Ministry also emphasized that this crime is considered a major offense that warrants detention, and it is a violation of honor and trust. The Ministry urged citizens to report any violations by calling (911) in the Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Riyadh, and Eastern regions, and (999) or (996) in other regions of the country.