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5,000 undocumented Pinoys seen to avail of Saudi amnesty

By: - Correspondent / @inqmindanao
/ 11:28 AM April 11, 2017
In this March 20, 2017 file photo, the staff of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh are seen extending consular services to Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia (Photo from the official website of the Philippine Embassy at http://riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph/newsroom/announcements/112-consular-outreach-finished/3319-pr-034-2017)

In this March 20, 2017 file photo, the staff of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh are seen extending consular services to Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia (Photo from the official website of the Philippine Embassy at http://riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph/newsroom/announcements/112-consular-outreach-finished/3319-pr-034-2017)

RIYADH – Philippine Embassy officials said they were expecting around 5,000 undocumented Filipinos here to avail of the amnesty the Saudi government announced for illegal migrants last March 29.

Philippine Consul General Iric Arribas expressed hope that more undocumented Filipinos would avail of the opportunity for them to “come clean and clear their working permits” or to exit the kingdom properly and come back to work with legal documents.

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“The amnesty will give them a better chance in life,” Arribas said.

Estimates vary on the number of undocumented Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, with some estimates putting it at over 60,000.

Those with legal status in the Kingdom have exceeded 760,000. They are mostly found in health and the labor sectors.  SFM

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