300,000 arrested for labour, immigration, border violations across Saudi Arabia, Pakistanis on top of Umra visa over-stayers


RIYADH: A total of 361,370 people have been arrested in the Kingdom during the past two months for violations of labor and immigration laws and the Public Security authority warned on Tuesday that it would continue its operations in the coming days.
The joint field campaign is being conducted by the police in cooperation with the ministries of interior, labour and social development and commerce and investment, and also the department of immigration, which functions under the Ministry of Interior.
According to the latest report from Public Security, some 78,135 violators have already been deported during this period.

JEDDAH: Saudi police checking ‘aqama’ from non-Saudi people during a search operation.

The total of 14,868, including 2,528 women, are currently subject to the procedures of the police for early deportation. The authorities have already sent the documents of 58,076 persons to their respective embassies to obtain their travel documents.
According to the statement, 4,758 persons were arrested while attempting to cross the border into the Kingdom, which included 76 percent Yemeni nationals, 22 percent Ethiopians and two percent who were from unknown countries. Some 260 people were arrested for attempting to cross the border from the Kingdom.
A total of 745 people, including 122 citizens, were arrested for transporting and harboring those who violated the local regulations.
In a recent action, Pakistanis were found on top of the list of over-stayers in the last 2016-2017 Umrah season with the number reaching 6,905 out of total of 1,453,440 Umrah pilgrims, according to Al-Hayat daily.
Nigeria came second with 1,629 over-stayers, followed by Egypt with 1,081. Indonesia and Sudan came in the fourth and fifth place, respectively, with the same number of 592 over-stayers from each country.
On the other hand, Indonesia came second on the list of top 10 countries for the number of Umrah pilgrims last season, with the number reaching 876,246, followed by Egypt with 608,561 pilgrims. India came fourth with 525,278, and Turkey came sixth with 440,398 pilgrims.