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