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Saudi employed 1.5m foreign workers during crisis

Kingdom helped to create jobs for nationals and foreign workers last year.

Saudi employed 1.5m foreign workers during crisis
SAUDI MONEY: Remittances for the first eight months of 2009 totalled $15bn. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia provided employment opportunities for 1.5 million foreign workers last year, the kingdom’s deputy minister of labour said.

Abdul Wahid Al-Hameed, speaking at the International Labour Conference in Geneva, said Saudi had created "jobs for its own citizens and those of other countries” during the financial crisis.

“The Kingdom recruited 1,500,000 workers from abroad last year,” he was quoted by the Saudi Gazette as saying.

“Their money transfers have contributed in strengthening the economies of their home countries.”

Remittances for the first eight months of 2009 totalled $15bn, almost equal to the $18.4bn for entire 2008, the paper reports.

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Hussain 10 years ago

Yeah they created jobs alright... 1.5 million jobs of slave labor with little wages and no medical coverage and poor squaller camp style accomodation and 300 jobs for saudis as security guards. They claims saudis are lazy and do not wish to work.... I say pay us and treat like you would a western and ill show what we can do. Depressing....very depressing... must get coffeee!

jack khan 10 years ago

i agree with mr. hussain comment

Syed 10 years ago

One can go and see in Indo Pak Subcontinent how people scramled to go to Saudi in millions,and how the their economies developed. If one doesnt like here one must not come.No one forces to come and work.Go and become slave of western countries One must remember that Gulf countries doesnt need workers, workers need gulf countries