Conflict & Justice

Guest Workers in Saudi Arabia Struggle to Get Their Papers in Order


Illegal immigrant workers wait in line at the Saudi immigration offices. (Photo: REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)

Saudi Arabia's got immigration woes not unlike the US but the Kingdom has given its undocumented immigrants until July 3rd to get their papers in order or risk deportation.

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This would apply to millions of people.

Nearly half of Saudi Arabia's labor force is made up of foreign workers.

Authorities issued the order to free up jobs in the private sector for the Kingdom's under-employed nationals.

Marco Werman speaks with Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch about the crack down.