12,000 Bangladeshi illegal immigrants to leave Saudi

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MNA Editorial Desk: About 12,000 Bangladeshis are set to return from Saudi Arabia before June 30, after Riyadh set a deadline for illegal immigrants to leave the kingdom, reported news agency. The Saudi government made the announcement on 20 March.

The Bangladeshi nationals have received clearance from the Saudi government to leave the kingdom.  But those failing to honour the deadline will face jail terms and fine.

Until Tuesday, 7,309 Bangladeshis collected the out pass (clearance letter) in Riyadh and 4,855 others in Jeddah, according to the Bangladesh embassy.

The Saudi authorities have reportedly formed a task force to filter out immigrants staying in the Gulf kingdom with an expired visa.

The Saudi government expects at least one million illegal immigrants to leave the country during the 90-day drive.