A total of 1,589 foreign workers were arrested in Madinah recently for violating the country’s residency and labor laws.
Maj. Gen. Abdul Hadi Al-Shahrani, Madinah district police chief, said the offenses included having no residence permits, not working in jobs specified on their permits, working for persons other than their sponsors, absconding from their sponsors and selling goods at public places without permission. He said the raids were conducted with the cooperation of other government agencies, with the suspects held until the legal process is completed. There would be more raids in the coming weeks, he said.
During the operations, the police cordoned off earmarked areas to stop the illegal workers from running away. Last month, the police also arrested 6,996 people.
According to reports, most crimes in the Kingdom are committed by illegal residents who have overstayed their visas, including theft, sorcery, employing illegal workers and brewing liquor.
The Ministry of Interior had earlier advised all illegal expatriates in the Kingdom to correct their work and residency status following the end of the amnesty period on Nov. 1, 2013 or leave the country.
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