Saudi Arabia ‘deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears’ (McKernan 2017)

McKernan, Bethan. 2017. “Saudi Arabia ‘deports 40,000 Pakistani Workers over Terror Fears.’” Independent, February 13.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expelled almost 40,000 Pakistani migrant workers in the last four months, local media has reported.   Over 39,000 people have been deported since October 2016 over visa violations and security concerns.

The alleged mass deportations come after a year of strikes and other unrest in the kingdom due to unpaid wages following the oil market’s decline and subsequent blow to the Saudi economy.