RIYADH: Raids as part of finding and deporting illegal residents in Saudi Arabia continue to intensify. The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced that the police have arrested 16,407 expatriates for various violations of the law during the past week. These are figures from March 23 to 29. This number of people were arrested during the search conducted by various security agencies to find illegal residents of the country in violation of residence, visa and employment laws.
Along with this, 10,809 expatriates who were previously arrested for various law violations and were staying in deportation centers have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the last one week, according to the statement of the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia. Currently, 14,327 expatriates, including Indians, are awaiting processing in deportation centers in the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs has stated.
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Apart from this, 4,561 people were arrested for violating the border protection laws and 2,237 people were arrested for violating the labor laws. After the expiry of the visa, staying in the country without renewing it or switching to another job, getting involved in various cases, coming on visit, tourist, pilgrimage visas other than work visas and staying in the country without returning after the specified period, working under someone other than the original employer, engaging in work other than what is mentioned in the visa, etc. The Ministry of Home Affairs informed that the person has been arrested.
Raksha Sena arrested 1,086 more people at the border areas for trying to enter the country through illegal means. 74 percent of them are Ethiopians, 22 percent are Yemenis and the remaining 4 percent are from other countries. Last week, the Border Security Force arrested 64 people for trying to enter the country illegally without the necessary documents. Five people have been arrested for providing accommodation to those who are in the country without visa, employing them without work visa and providing vehicles to the violators.
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Officials have warned that 15 years in prison and a fine of 10 lakh Riyals await those who commit such violations and those who cooperate with them. The Ministry of Home Affairs also stated that the buildings that housed them and the vehicles used to help them will be confiscated and their names will be published in the local media. The Ministry of Home Affairs also stated that those who have information about such illegal residents and law breakers should hand over the information to the security agencies.
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