By Beatrice Thomas
The move is part of the kingdom's crackdown on illegal workers
More than 137,000 people have been deported from Saudi in the first month of its crackdown on illegal workers, it was reported.
Maj. Gen. Ayedh Al Luqmani, Assistant Director General of Passports for Haj and Umrah Affairs, said 22 flights were operating daily from the Jeddah airport to take illegals to their home countries.
Al Luqmani, who is also security co-ordinator at the General Services Centre in the Makkah Region, said that the centre had taken measures to speed up and complete deportation procedures of inmates at the Shumaisi detention centre.
They aimed for a turnover within 24 hours, he said. Processing for about 5,782 illegals were completed within 24 hours last Wednesday.
“More than 87,000 illegals from the Makkah region were fingerprinted in one month,” he was quoted by the Saudi Gazette as saying.
“At present, the Shumaisi centre handles 5,000-7,000 cases daily.
“We arrange additional flights daily to deport the illegals.”
According to Al Luqmani, several expatriate men and women wanted by security authorities for their involvement in various crimes had been arrested during the blitz.