By Courtney Trenwith
Gov’t says about 900,000 also have been intercepted attempting to enter the kingdom illegally - report
Almost 300,000 foreigners have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the past five months, accused of being in the kingdom illegally, Arab News has reported.
Ministry of Interior figures showed an average 2,000 illegal expats were sent home daily.
The recent statistics also revealed surge in people attempting to enter the kingdom along its border with Yemen, as conflict in the southern Gulf state escalates.
Saudi border guards had intercepted about 900,000 people attempting to enter the kingdom illegally, with about 84 percent along the southern border with Yemen, the ministry said, according to Arab News.
More than 15,000 detected illegal foreigners are presently in detention centres awaiting deportation.
There are at least 9 million foreigners living in Saudi Arabia, which has a total population of 27 million.
The kingdom is constantly launching raids on suspected illegal expatriates, including those who have overstayed their visas and others who have crossed porous borders.
More than 1 million people voluntarily left the kingdom in 2013 under an historic seven-month amnesty.