Saudi officials deport 200,000 foreigners

March 19, 2013 at 8:53 AM

MANAMA, Saudi Arabia, March 19 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabian officials said they have deported more than 200,000 foreigners who had stayed in the country illegally for at least four months.

Gulf News said the deportees included people who were smuggled into the country, as well as expatriates who did not extend their stay.

The General Directorate for Passports said 201,350 foreigners who were not documented were deported.

Saudi officials are reminding companies as well as residents hosting, accommodating or employing foreigners who are in the country without the proper documents is illegal.

Saudi Arabia is home to about 10 million foreigners, mainly Asians who are working in construction or service, Gulf News reported.

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