Crackdown on illegals in Saudi Arabia to begin next week

Special areas are being prepared to detain the violators before deporting them to their countries. (File photo: Reuters)

The Saudi Passports Department and related security agencies will start an intensive crackdown on labor and residency law violators from next Sunday, Director General of Passports Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya said in an exclusive interview to Okaz/Saudi Gazette.

Denying rumors in social media about a new grace period for illegal expats, he categorically said that there will be no such rectification campaign.

He said preparations are underway to form administrative committees to implement residency and labor regulations.

Special areas are being prepared to detain the violators before deporting them to their countries, he said.

Al-Yahya warned citizens and expatriates against giving cover or shelter to the illegals.

He said no pleadings will be entertained to bypass the regulations and circumvent the crackdown. The authorities will not show any leniency toward the violators, he asserted.

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