Saudis constitute 89% of child workers

Updated 12 October 2015
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Saudis constitute 89% of child workers

DAMMAM: About 89 percent of child workers in the country are Saudis, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Qassim.

The study, entitled “Factors Associated with Child Labor in Saudi Society,” warned of the serious consequences of children working. It found that 70 percent of Saudi workers have illiterate parents, 30 percent have literate parents, and 74 percent are between the ages of 12 and 14.
According to the study, 48 percent of working children have stopped their education at the preparatory stage, followed by 37 percent at the primary level, while 7 percent dropped out of high school.
The study conducted by Yusuf Ahmed Al-Romaih, head of the social service department at the university, aimed to identify the causes of the situation, including looking at the labor market, socioeconomic conditions and home environment of these children. He spoke to children working at the vegetable and fruit markets in Qassim.
“The study included about 100 Saudi children aged between 8 and 15. It revealed that 49 percent of respondents live in a large family of over eight members, followed by the children living in a medium-sized family.”
“Seventy-seven percent of those children’s families depend on the income of the household head, 22 percent depend on their children’s income, and 17 percent on charities,” he said.
Moreover, 79 percent of the respondents’ families live in rented houses while 21 percent of them live with other families in shared dwellings. He said 54 percent of them sell vegetables, 38 percent work as delivery boys, while 8 percent of them work as street vendors.
In addition, the study showed that 42 percent of the children spend four to eight hours a day outside the home, 40 percent spend eight to 12 hours, while 10 percent spend more than 12 hours outside the home.
According to the researcher, 43 percent of child workers make SR50 a day, while the rest work for lower salaries.
Al-Romaih said the country needs a strategy to combat poverty, which would prevent children from having to work to support their families. He said there should be a database developed on the extent of child labor in the country.


Saudi deputy defense minister arrives in Russia for official visit

Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi deputy defense minister arrives in Russia for official visit

  • Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali and other high ranking officials

MOSCOW: A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.