Ministry drawing up rules to phase out unskilled foreigners


JEDDAH: The Labor Ministry is working on new rules and regulations aimed at phasing out unskilled foreign workers from the Kingdom so as to replace them with Saudis, Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper quoted Labor Minister Adel Fakeih as saying on Saturday.

The minister made the statements in a speech at the graduation ceremony of the eighth batch of the Saudi-Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI) in Jeddah. Ali Al-Ghafees, governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, read out the minister’s speech on his behalf.

“It is obvious that the unskilled foreign labor has invaded the country and are being detrimental to the economy of the country and the citizens,” the minister said.

The announcement came as the Saudi authorities are making serious efforts to nationalize the job market by strictly enforcing the Saudization regulations in the private sector.

Fakeih pointed out that it was the responsibility of the ministry to get rid of these unskilled laborers through codification of laws and regulations.

“Within its coming plans, the ministry will be working on laws and regulations that will expel unskilled foreigners and replace them with Saudis,” he said.

Categories: Asia, Economics, Saudi Arabia

3 replies

  1. I am rather skeptical whether Saudi labor can replace immigrant labor. Let the employers decide, I would say. However, please treat all labor fairly. Remember the Hadith of the Holy Prophet (peace be on him). “Pay the wages of your labor even before the sweat is dry”.

  2. This is one of the beautiful teachings of islam. Most of non Muslim western Nations follow these lofty teaching and reap the its benefits.

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