Smart Move

Abdul Rahman al-Rashed praises the latest series of decisions taken by the Saudi government to deal with illegal foreign workers:

On one hand, the sudden announcement of the decision to suspend deportation and grant foreigners a chance to correct their situation is an act of humane justice as well as a legal necessity. Most of these foreigners came to Saudi Arabia to work, and the country continuously needs their services. Thus, the need for them is certain as their activity has been ongoing despite its illegality.

On another hand, deportation is not an easy solution. In order to find illegal residents and deport them, the government’s current capabilities may not be enough unless the government decides to use the assistance of the entire armed forces. This task will pressure the state’s different apparatuses. We are talking about arresting millions of people, checking their residencies, gathering them and keeping them in camps bigger than the Syrian refugees’ camps!

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