80% of illegals are without IDs

80% of illegals are without IDs
Updated 07 December 2013

80% of illegals are without IDs

80% of illegals are without IDs

About 80 percent of illegals who were either arrested or surrendered did not possess documents to prove their identities, said Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, director-general of the Passport Department.
He said the Kingdom has been deporting not less than 5,500 illegal foreigners daily with the support of Saudi Arabian Airlines. “If we find that any of these workers are involved in crimes, we shall refer them to security agencies.”
The Passport Department takes the fingerprints of undocumented workers and feed their names into a computer system before handing them over to Saudia for transportation. The Kingdom has so far deported more than 60,000 illegal workers. “Lack of documentation is the main problem with regard to the deportation of illegals,” the passport chief said.
Lt. Col. Ahmed Al-Laheedan, the department’s spokesman, said the Saudi government would meet the expenses of deporting illegal workers to their respective countries. “We have reached an agreement with Saudia for this purpose,” he added.
Abdullah Al-Ajhar, executive vice president for public relations, said the carrier plans to operate 110 flights to Addis Ababa to airlift undocumented Ethiopians.
“We’ll operate 70 flights within the next few days to transport 32,000 workers to Addis Ababa,” he said, adding that Saudia would transport 50,000 Ethiopians.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Dahlan, chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Business and Technology, estimated the value of shadow business run by expat workers at SR330 billion.
“The correction process has helped in reducing the number of foreign workers by one million and we expect two million more could be sent away by next year. This will help bring down foreign money transfers of expats, estimated at SR67 billion annually,” he told an HR Forum in Jeddah.