190,000 Myanmar nationals’ get residency relief in Saudi Arabia

Rohingya Muslim children stand in U Shey Kya village outside Maungdaw in Rakhine state, Myanmar October 27, 2016. Picture taken October 27, 2016. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia has granted more than 190,000 free residency permits to members of the Myanmar community.

A report by the chief of the permanent committee, meant to study and address the condition of the Myanmar community, said more than 190,000 residency permits were issued for free for the duration of four years, adding that the people who were granted these permits are sponsored by companies, institutions and members of their community.

They were also exempted from paying the accumulating fines which resulted from non-renewal of their residency permits in the past years. This happened because they couldn’t respond to reports that they escaped from work as they couldn’t reach their former sponsors.

Female workers from Myanmar are still sponsored by their families and they have been exempted from having to transfer their sponsorship to the facilities where they desire to work. The report also said that more than 83,000 Burmese were vaccinated against infectious diseases.
 

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