Saudi Arabia

Work woes

Print edition : June 28, 2013

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. Photo: FAISAL AL NASSER/REUTERS

India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Al-Saud at a press conference in Jeddah on May 25. Khurshid discussed the nitaqat policy with Al-Faisal and Adel Fakieh. Photo: AFP/Saudi Press Agency

The man in the mobile immolated himself after he was not allowed to sell watermelons from his pick-up truck. Photo: FAISAL AL NASSER/REUTERS

Ethiopian migrants at a transit centre in Haradh, a Yemeni border town, waiting to enter Saudi Arabia legally. Photo: Khaled Abdullah/REUTERS

Filipino workers repatriated from Saudi Arabia and their relatives protest in Manila on May 21. Photo: Aaron Favila/AP

Saudi Labour Minister Adel Fakieh. He favours a 'realistic, practical and fair' labour contract system.

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.
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