Pakistani missions running ‘job fair’ for expats in Saudi Arabia

Illegal migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have an amnesty till July 3, 2013 to leave the country. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Illegal migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have an amnesty till July 3, 2013 to leave the country. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to keep hundreds of Pakistanis, who are running foul of Saudi Arabian rules for migrant workers, the Pakistani mission has started a “job fair” for workers to find them work in order to stay in the Kingdom.

Many Pakistanis who have been in Saudi Arabia for work as irregulars, are facing expulsion. However, the Kingdom introduced an amnesty scheme for such workers to leave the country without legal prosecution. The scheme ends on July 3, 2013.

On Thursday, the foreign office spokesperson during the weekly briefing said that diplomatic missions in the oil-rich nation were facilitating expats to regularise them or help the illegal workers leave. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to provide all possible assistance to Pakistani Diaspora in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.”
“111 companies have been registered with the Embassy to provide possible employment to Pakistanis affected by the Saudi policy”

The process, the spokesperson said, has been successful and interviews for workers for various categories are being conducted at the Embassy in Riyadh almost everyday with 65 irregular workers finding employment.

Over 1,500 passports issued

In addition to finding employment for irregular workers, the Pakistani mission has issued 1,575 emergency passports.

As many as 10,705 out passes have also been issued to the workers.

Source: AFP
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