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Hundreds of thousands of Hadramis and Yemenis in general endures from the late measures taken by Saudi Arabia government respecting the deportation of those who do not have work permissions, as well as raising the residence fees to amounts unaffordable to many emigrants. As a result many of them were obliged to leave the Kingdom. According to the clarifications of the kingdom, these measures were a part of the implementation of the so-called plan “Saudization of jobs”, which aims to empower the Saudis to work in jobs which they never occupied before
Many observers declared that Yemeni emigrants are the most affected ones by these decisions because they form the biggest percentage of the total sum of the Arabian and foreign emigrants available in the kingdom
Also because of the loss of work opportunities and unemployment as well as the increase of poverty rates in their country due to awful condition caused by war and resulted complications
According to joint statistics between the Saudi Ministry of Interiors and some human rights organizations, approximately 65% of the recently deported people from Saudi Arabia are Yemenis, so that is, nearly 100,000 Yemenis have been deported to homeland in the past two months, while hundreds of thousands of them are facing a similar fate sooner or later
Adnan Ba-Muhammad, A Hadhrami young man, has worked in a mobile shop in Jeddah, for about nine years. Lately , Adnan was forced to leave Saudi Arabia after the decision to saudize the business of selling cell phones, a sector of which Yemenis form the largest percentage of its workers and owners.
Adnan told “Hadramout 21” I have tried to solve my trouble by means of looking for another job but I didn’t find any. I have consumed all my savings to maintain myself and my family. I could not pay the Saudi government due monthly fees which is one hundred Saudi riyals for me and two hundred Saudi riyals for my wife and my child. To stay in the kingdom I have to pay four hundred Saudi riyals per month as fees for the sponsor who will include me in a job that does not exist originally, just only to provide a justification that secure my residence in Saudi Arabia
besides there are fees for the Office of Labor and Insurance all these problems caused my departure from Saudi Arabia.
Adnan, who finally decided to return to Hadramout, added,”I realized from the beginning that the decision that I have taken was difficult. When I arrived in Mukalla, I was taken aback by the incredible rise in apartment prices. The rent for the normal apartments was 800 Saudi riyals per month whereas the rental fees for the luxurious ones reached “1500”Saudi riyals per month.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t got enough savings to pay such a monthly rent of an apartment for me and my family, so I was obliged to move to live with one of my relatives in Aden hopping I could get work and considerable accommodation.”
Adnan Ba-Mohammad is one of thousands of Yemenis challenging the current deportation from Saudi Arabia, in which more than 2 million Yemenis live. This dramatic crisis has pushed many Yemeni emigrants to demand the President of the Republic of Yemen to interfere and negotiate the situation with the Saudi government in order to prolong their work residence permissions inside the kingdom because they are not going afford working in Yemen in such difficult conditions which the country is experiencing nowadays. They also asked the kingdom to allow them to stay for several years to be able to manage their future situation in Yemen
Many activists warns that Al-Huthi militias and other terrorist groups would exploit the crisis of the Yemeni emigrants through recruiting thousands of the deported Yemenis from Saudi Arabia or they could invest this issue to serve their political record.
regarding this issue the Yemeni ex-minister Mr. Khalid al-Ruwaishan, said addressing the Saudi government and President Hadi. ” The measures of the emigrants crisis form a great gift for the coup. Where do you want this people to go? To whom you want them to complain? .. To the Huthis and their happy allies who are delighted with the hardships happening to them? Or do you want the people to go to work in Iran to earn their livelihoods? while you claim that you are fighting Iran !, I will frankly say that the issue of emigrants is very serious. The Yemeni conditions inside and outside Yemen conclude that the Yemeni emigrants have to be excluded from the late saudizations measures. To take such decision by the Saudi government will not mark the end of the world.”
respecting the same issue, the former Yemeni diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Nasser Al-Bari, warns of the consequences of the current Yemeni emigrants crunch. The Ambassador Al-Bari said to Hadramout 21,: “the majority of the international reports have warned regarding the suspension of emigrants’ money as a result of their deportation, which will lead to more destruction to the country, so we must move seriously to stop any measures that would further complicate the deteriorating situation in Yemen. “
As published by the British newspaper “The Independent”, preliminary estimations indicate that about 10% of the total Yemeni returnees from Saudi Arabia so far may have joined armed groups, which means that 10,000 Yemenis have joined terrorist organizations, either Al-Huthis or al Qaeda.
An exceptional situation:
A number of Hadrami emigrants in Saudi Arabia appealed to the governor of Hadramout, Major General Faraj Salemin Al-Bahseni, asking him to arrange their situations in Hadramout when they are to deport from the Kingdom. They also foundate the emigrants’ network, and gave it the name ” Hadrami Reality Network” which goes through social media sites.
Most important needs directed to the governor of Hadramout
- opening large investment projects to overlap the returnees from Saudi Arabia.
- Granting the returnees land portions to build houses for them and their families.
- optional recruitment of the returnees in Al-Nukhba troops to ensure them source of income and to allow them to work in the military services.
The emigrants suggested registering all individuals and returning families and taking their personal data to know their place of residence and all other details to provide them with all the required needs and support as well as contacting them when their demands are provided by the local authority in the governorate.
Last month, the Minister of emigrants in the legitimate government, Dr Adel Ba-fakih and the Governor of Hadramout, Major General Al-Bassani, agreed to handle the situations of emigrants and receiving them in Alwadeia passage. They agreed to have a representative of the ministry of emigrants who will work on coordination with Al-wadi region authorities. The minister Ba-faqih said that since the beginning of the crisis his ministry is carrying out intensive meetings with Saudi officers discussing with them the necessity of caring for the Yemeni emigrants taking into consideration the country current conditions.
President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi demanded prince Muhammad Bin Salman in an official letter addressing him that the Yemeni emigrants have to be excluded from the late measures and decisions in order for coping with the recent conditions in the country. But there is no reply to the letter from the prince up to now. The official spokesman of the Yemeni government confirms that efforts are still ongoing towards excluding the Yemenis from those rules and measures.
The implications of the crisis of the Yemeni emigrants in Saudi Arabia is still worsening day after day under persistent negligence from both the governments of Yemen and Saudi Arabia towards settling down this issue and deciding on successful and true solution.
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