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Saudi official: Over 700,000 illegal expatriates return using amnesty

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Saudi Arabia’s Director of General Directorate of Passports, Maj. Gen. Sulaiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya, has revealed that more than 700,000 expatriates who were found in violation of the residence and employment regulations have returned to their respective countries.

The expatriates did so under the amnesty campaign “A Nation without Violators.” The Maj. Gen. expects about 46,000 others to leave the country in the next phase.

The campaign’s amnesty period ended at the beginning of July. Authorities have already started the second phase of the campaign which involves tracking violators and implementing the rules and regulations related to them.