Friday, November 15, 2013

Riots Breakout As Saudi Arabia Expels Foreign Workers

Men walk next to a car which was damaged during clashes between Saudi and foreign workers in Manfouha, southern Riyadh. Photo: Reuters

Unrest As Saudi Arabia Expels Foreign Workers -- Sydney Morning Herald

Saudi Arabia's sweeping crackdown on foreign workers has caused a severe labour shortage throughout the kingdom, with garbage reportedly piling up around major cities, crops going unpicked and school buses sitting idle without drivers.

More than 20,000 foreign workers have been arrested, after an amnesty that allowed those employed without proper visas to formalise their status ended last week.

Along with labour shortages and mass arrests there is also growing civil unrest, with violent clashes breaking out between workers and residents.

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More News On The Unrest In Saudi Arabia As Migrant Workers Are Expelled

Tensions flare in Saudi Arabia amid mass deportations of undocumented foreign workers -- Euronews
Riots in Saudi Arabia: ‘The Kingdom expels the same people it exploited’ -- France 24/AFP
Saudi Arabia Cracks Down On Undocumented Workers -- NPR
Ethiopians 'surrender' in Saudi after clamp down -- BBC
3rd person killed in Saudi Arabia clashes after visa crackdown -- CNN
Saudi Arabia deports 54,000 Pakistanis -- Business Recorder
Immigrant crackdown in Saudi Arabia leaves garbage in streets, migrant workers hiding in fear -- Washington Post/AP
Saudi Arabia and its labourers. Go home, but who will replace you? -- The Economist

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