World Bulletin / News Desk
Asharq al-Awsat reported Wednesday that Saudi authorities had detained more than 20,000 foreign migrant workers in the holy city of Mecca.
The sweep, which has been taking place all week, marks the end of the seven-month amnesty for foreign migrants whose work permits had expired or who were not working for their official sponsors. Thousands of other migrants who were not able to legalize their status during the amnesty have either fled or been expelled.
Police spokesman Col Badr Al Saud told the newspaper, "The number of those detained ... since the start of the corrective security campaign in Mecca has reached 11,962 male and 8,927 female offenders, mostly of Ethiopian, Egyptian, Yemeni and Indonesian nationality."
Almost a third of the 29 million people living in Saudi Arabia are migrant workers.Last Mod: 13 Kasım 2013, 16:22