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Saudi to allow Syrian workers to stay after visas expire

2.5 million are currently resident in the kingdom

Saudi to allow Syrian workers to stay after visas expire
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Saudi Arabia is to allow Syrians to remain in the kingdom after their visas expire, offering them refuge from the civil war which has engulfed the country since 2011.

Arab News reported that a recent royal decree instructed authorities not to deport Syrians living in the kingdom once their residency documents have expired, over concerns they would be mistreated if they returned to their home country.

The report said three government ministries were working on cooperation to help Syrians find jobs and new work permits so they did not have to return home.

Around 2.5 million Syrians are believed to be living in the kingdom, with 130,000 of these students attending schools and universities.

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