Saudi Shoura Council considers deporting 5 mln illegal migrants

Illegal migrants sit on the roof of a police bus with their belongings on November 13, 2013 (File Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP)

The Saudi Shoura Council is discussing a system of regulations to combat illegal migration in the kingdom, which aims to establish a commission in the interior ministry to deport five million foreigners who have illegally settled in the country, Al-Hayat daily reported.

Doctor Sadqa Fadel who submitted the proposal said a relatively large number of people enter the kingdom through different routes, with the sole purpose of permanently settling or residing there. He added this is illegal because it violates all of the kingdom’s regulations as well as international laws.

According to Fadel, most of these illegal migrants are from Africa and Asia.

Fadel called for all those with illegal status to be deported, adding that these illegal migrants pose future political threats that would either be due to their homeland or the international community and its organizations as they may pressure the kingdom to naturalize them.

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