Saudi Arabia bans marriage with foreigners from 4 countries

Saudi men can no longer marry women from selected Asian, African countries because populations in the kingdom have exceeded 500,000
A Saudi couple visit the Riyadh Spring Festival in the Saudi capital on March 23, 2012. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
By Courtney Trenwith
Thu 07 Aug 2014 02:00 PM

Saudi Arabia has reportedly banned male citizens from marrying women from three Asian and one African country because authorities claim the local population of people from these states is too high.

Men will no longer be able to marry women from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and Chad, according to Makkah Daily. The newspaper said the number of people from those four states within Saudi Arabia had exceeded 500,000, a limit set by authorities to manage expatriate populations.

There about 9 million expats in the kingdom – or two-thirds of the total population.

The news follows recent tightening of rules governing the marriage of a Saudi to a foreigner.

Under the new regulations, a Saudi man can only apply to marry a foreign women if he is older than 25 and must wait six months after divorcing to apply again.

Saudi Arabia has some of the tightest controls on marriage in the world. Majority of marriages are still arranged by family members, and still heavily influenced by caste and tribe.

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