There has been confusion in the Saudi employment market as well as among expatriates following the recent imposition of a monthly fee on the dependents of expatriates working in the Kingdom. This is because of the fee has been placed on each member of an expatriate’s family, including wife and children, and because most expatriates cannot pay these fees, especially since they will double over the coming years, reaching the equivalent of the half of an expatriate’s salary or perhaps all of it.
Many expatriates have started thinking about what they should do to solve this dilemma, which they are facing for the first time in the Kingdom. This issue has overshadowed all other topics such as the spiraling house rent, the increase in the education fees of their children and other concerns.
Some of them have already taken the bitter decision to leave Saudi Arabia and return to their homeland. Some of these people have spent long years in the Kingdom working hard and sincerely for the development of the nation.
At the same time, others have decided to send their wife and children home and remain here alone. It seems that this is the easier solution but in fact the psychological, social, security and economic effects may be disastrous for the expat as well as for his family and children.
Some columnists have written articles in the Arabic daily newspapers about the positive and negative aspects of dependents fees. Many of them have concluded that they will have a negative impact on the Saudi economy.
Many expatriates have started thinking about what they should do to solve this dilemma, which they are facing for the first time in the KingdomDr. Ali Al-Ghamdi