Jobs are the cause of the problem and the solution. Although the problem and its solution are both clear, there aren’t any practical solutions for this escalating problem yet. This is the case even though more universities have been opened, more students have been engaged in exchange programs, more support has been provided for agencies recruiting citizens and more restraints have been imposed on foreigners in the Saudi Kingdom and the rest of Gulf. These are countries which currently possess revenues that may not be available later.
Many statements have been made on the subject, but most of them fall within the boundaries of propaganda or wishful thinking. For example, no one can believe what the Saudi labor minister said, or rather what was attributed to him, that one quarter of Saudi citizens replaced the illegal laborers who were deported in the past six months. Hiring 250,000 people to replace 70,000 people does not add up! Second of all, most of the deported laborers performed simple tasks like selling tissue paper in the streets or working in restaurants, grocery stores and construction sites.
When officials resort to exaggerating results or making fake promises for the future, you realize that they don’t really have solutions as their only aim is to generate publicity for themselves and their institutions.
A structural problem
Many statements have been made on the subject, but most of them fall within the boundaries of propaganda or wishful thinkingAbdulrahman al-Rashed