Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi- Asian diplomats seek extension of worker amnesty  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 16/06/2013
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Arab News) Asian ambassadors have strongly urged the Saudi government to extend the grace period beyond July 3 for the correction of the visa status of undocumented workers in the Kingdom, considering the large number of workers affected.

Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines are on the forefront and have renewed calls for an extension of the deadline.

"Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni is scheduled to arrive in Riyadh on June 19 to request the Saudi government to extend the amnesty period for workers and give them more time to legalize their status," said a reliable source, here yesterday.

The 90-day amnesty, decreed by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, allows irregular foreign workers to have their status legalized or return home without facing any penalty for past violations.

"But this massive exercise to legalize the status of the remaining hundreds of thousands of workers will not be completed before the July 3 deadline," said Pakistan Ambassador Mohammed Naeem Khan, who has requested the Ministry of Labor in writing to "extend the grace period until the end of the current year." Khan said the Pakistan diplomatic missions have put in place an "extensive outreach program" to serve the irregular workers.

He said Pakistani missions have issued more than 22,000 travel documents so far. "But all of them will not go back to Pakistan " many have now found jobs or sponsors willing to hire them," said Khan, while referring to the 70 centers for workers' registration currently operational in different places the Kingdom. "About 111 companies have also been registered with the embassy to provide possible employment to Pakistanis," said the diplomat.

Asked whether the Nepalese Embassy will be able to regularize all its workers or repatriate them before the deadline, Nepalese Ambassador Udaya Raj Pandey said he had sent a written request to the Saudi side to extend the amnesty deadline until the end of this year. "The Nepalese mission has managed to issue about 30,000 travel documents including 5,000 issued by our team in Jeddah so far," he noted.

Most of them have not left the Kingdom mainly because of the procedural complications and the slow pace of processing exit visa formalities, he added. "With such huge numbers of illegal migrants, all wanting to legalize their status or leave the Kingdom without any penalty, and considering the tedious process they go through, the 90-day grace period is not enough," he said, while calling for an extension.

Referring to the growing workload at the Indonesian missions in Jeddah and Riyadh, Ambassador Gatot Abdullah Mansyur called for extending the deadline. He suggested earmarking a month or a certain period after Haj as an extension to the amnesty period.

Currently there are an estimated 1.2 million Indonesians in Saudi Arabia. There are about 600,000 Indonesian living in Jeddah alone and about 30 percent of them had invalid passports or expired visas.

Similar appeals have been made by Manila as well. John Monterona, Migrante Middle East and North Africa coordinator, said: "We join the calls by the Philippines government and other labor exporting countries to appeal King Abdullah on humanitarian grounds to provide an extension to the 90-day grace period that will end on July 3."


Arab News

  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 26 2015 - Turkey- G20 Communiqu: 34The fight against terrorism is a major priority34The Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Following the two-day summit in Antalya Turkey G-20 leaders released a communiqué calling for greater coordination and information to counter terrorist ...

 Nov 26 2015 - Muslims on 39the front line39 against terror: NATOThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said it is Muslims who are on “the front line” in the fight against terrorism and extremism. ...

 Nov 26 2015 - Western Balkans 39key to fighting extremism39The Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The western Balkans is “key” to stemming extremism and terrorism the president of the European Council said Wednesday. Speaking at a summit to ...

 Nov 26 2015 - Turkey- Syrian Turkmen facing 39critical39 period in battleThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Fighting between Syrian Turkmen forces and regime troops is “critical" the leader of the Turkmen opposition said Wednesday. Russian airpower is ...

 Nov 26 2015 - ISIS kills its Austrian 39poster girl39 after she attempts to flee SyriaThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) An Austrian teenager who fled to Raqqa Syria in order to join the Islamic fundamentalist terror organization Islamic State was beaten to death after ...

 Nov 26 2015 - Kuwait Spain discuss scientific cooperationKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT Nov 26 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) discussed means of scientific cooperation and ...

 Nov 26 2015 - Kuwait- KNPC upgrades operations at Al Ahmadi refineryKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT Nov 26 (KUNA) -- Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) announced on Thursday upgrading its Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit at Al-Ahmadi Refinery so as ...

 Nov 26 2015 - Deputy FM: Kuwait interested in tightening airport security in coordination with BritainKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT Nov 26 (KUNA) -- Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said on Thursday Kuwaiti security authorities are keen to work with the British side for ...

 Nov 26 2015 - Al Tayer affirms DEWA's commitment to support UAE national identityEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 26th November 2015 (WAM) -- Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority DEWA has affirmed DEWA's commitment to ...

 Nov 26 2015 - UAE- YFEL Led Solar Energy Project with Masdar Collaboration Comes Online to Help Power Rashid Abdullah Omran HospitalEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 26th November 2015 (WAM)--Masdar has completed a 543 KWp photovoltaic (PV) solar power project that is to deliver renewable energy to the Rashid ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help