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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Illegal Workers Caught In Saudi Arabia

A Filipino migrant rights group within the Middle East has reported that 26 women and 6 males, all undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), have been apprehended last Tuesday night following raids carried out by a composite crew from Jawasat police and Mutawa, or cultural police, at numerous lodging of migrant staff in Tukbah, Al-Khobar.

The crackdown is according to the Saudi government's intensified marketing campaign towards overstaying and undocumented migrant workers.

With this development, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona appealed to Saudi authorities to respect the rights of undocumented migrants, together with OFWs, in the conduct of its intensified campaign to hunt "illegal" and undocumented migrants.

Monterona said Migrante, as a company advancing and defending the rights and welfare of migrant workers, is urging the Saudi government to consider granting a basic amnesty that might cowl illegal and undocumented migrant workers.

Last October, the Saudi government granted a Royal pardon however it was identified later that it applies solely to pilgrims and holder of go to visas that already lapsed.

The Royal pardon would finish on March 31 next year.

Migrante additionally known as the eye of the Philippine Embassy beneath the leadership of interim charges de affairs Ezzadin Tago to make the same enchantment to the Saudi government and properly signify these apprehended.

"We also call on President Benigno Aquino III, through the Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Department of Foreign Affairs, to lobby to the host authorities the legalization of all undocumented OFWs, giving them the choice to be repatriated or to stay, and find job in the Kingdom," Monterona stated

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