If you have been to Saudi Arabia for more than a day, you would realize its dependence on a foreign workforce.
While nothing is wrong with that, if done legally, is justifiable… but its not.
Many companies and individuals employ people who either didn’t enter the country for work, or are illegal immigrants, and the companies and individuals are more than can be counted, and as long as there is a supply and demand, the cycle will continue… but should it?
So the ministry of labor started a major crackdown on illegal immigrants and cutting in half the fake iqamas (the right to stay permits), as they should.
The problem I have is the videos and pictures I’ve seen for the activities of detaining those people.
The Wall Street Journal wrote an article about it, and the picture they have on one of the incidents (at least that is what anyone would think) even if the guy is a killer, he should not be detained like that. (picture below).
A video I’ve also seen, and everything makes it online as soon as it happens, has a very cruel video of an arrest taking place، Kicking to the head and twisting of arms, this should not be happening.
Our own Harvard Graduated Lawer Bandar AlNogaithan @SaudiLawyer is also appalled at what is going on and expressed so on twitter, posting a link (in Arabic) on how England treats those who have violated British Immigration laws in a humane was, even though it is more crowded and the youth in UK are unemployed.
— بندر النقيثان (@SaudiLawyer) April 4, 2013
I agree with the crackdown, but not with the methods I’ve been seeing.
Of course this has hit home, it has put many businesses and some schools and universities on halt. We will also see a delay in some already delayed projects, as most sub-sub-sub contractos employ anyone who can move.
Some families have been living in Saudi Arabia for a couple or more generations, and some do not have legal status, however, the step to give some Burmese residence residential permits is a step forward and should be noted.
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