Pak­istan tops list of ‘il­le­gal over­stay­ers’ af­ter Um­rah: re­port

The Miracle - - Pakistan - Source: Dawn.com

Pak­istan has topped the list of coun­tries with the high­est num­ber of il­le­gal over­stay­ers af­ter the 2016-2017 Um­rah sea­son, Arab News re­ported on Tues­day. Ac­cord­ing to Arab News, the 6,905 pil­grims from Pak­istan stayed in Saudi Ara­bia il­le­gally af­ter the pil­grim­age sea­son was over. Pak­istan was fol­lowed by Nige­ria with 1,629 over­stay­ers and Egypt with 1,081, the daily added. In­done­sia, which had the sec­ond high­est num­ber of over­stay­ers in the 20152016 Um­rah sea­son, came in at the fourth place with 592 il­le­gal peo­ple. It was fol­lowed by Su­dan, Arab News said. Ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by the Saudi Gazette in Fe­bru­ary, Saudi Ara­bia de­ported more than 39,000 Pak­ista­nis in the four months prior to the re­port for “vi­o­lat­ing the rules of res­i­dence and work”. Over 100 Pak­ista­nis were de­ported by the Gulf state on the charges of over­stay in the king­dom in 2015. “Most of them trav­elled to Saudi Ara­bia on Um­rah visa, but slipped there to find work,” an of­fi­cial had said at the time.

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