Expatriacy, or expatriating to another country, has become a key issue for many expatriates living in the Middle East and Africa.
While Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest expatriate communities, many expats have struggled with issues such as legal residency, passports, and residency requirements, including residency in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh.
But while expatriacy has come under scrutiny, the issue is not solely about Saudi Arabia.
Many expatriados are also concerned that Saudi Arabia’s strict rules on marriage and divorce, and restrictions on the number of spouses a Saudi citizen can have, could affect their ability to obtain work permits and other work permits.
According to a recent report from the World Bank, Saudi Arabia ranks No. 2 among the world countries with the highest number of foreign-born workers, and has one of Saudi Arabias largest foreign-worker populations.
In 2017, the Kingdom accounted for 6 percent of the total workforce in the United States.
The Saudi Government is keen to keep the number and types of workers high, however, it does have concerns over the number who may work in the country illegally, particularly in the Kingdom.
Many of the expatriated workers who have come to the Kingdom to work have said that they fear being forced to leave the country if they leave without a work permit.
As part of its efforts to encourage its expatriative community to return home, the Saudi government recently introduced a new citizenship law, which makes it a crime for expatriats to stay in the Saudi Kingdom and is punishable by fines and imprisonment.
The new law is expected to go into effect in March 2020.
According the Kingdom’s official Al-Watan daily, the new law “provides harsher penalties for those who fail to obtain a residence permit or obtain a work visa in the case of expatriants or their children, or for those with dual nationality.”
The new law also includes a provision that requires employers to ensure that all workers who are nationals of the Kingdom are given a residence license, as well as the ability to stay and work in Saudi Arabia while obtaining a valid work permit, according to the newspaper.
“In addition, expatriations are not allowed to apply for a work license without the permission of their employer,” the article reads.
Saudi Arabia has long been considered the most conservative country in the world, with strict Islamic laws that limit women’s freedom of expression, expression in the media, and access to public transportation.
In response to the kingdom being named by the United Nations as one of “the most dangerous countries for women” in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the kingdom is also one of only five countries where women have been barred from traveling abroad.
The country is also known for its strict gender segregation, with women banned from public transportation and only allowed to wear head scarves and burqas.
In addition to the expat community, the government has been criticized for the country’s continued failure to enforce the Saudi Human Rights Code, which stipulates that individuals have the right to life and freedom of thought, expression, and religion.
The government also recently imposed a two-year prison sentence on a prominent opposition leader, Sheikh Ali al-Naimi, for publishing a cartoon mocking Saudi Arabia on social media.
Al-Nanai was arrested and held without bail for four months before he was released on May 6, 2019, according the Al-Rai news agency.
While the government is keen on maintaining the Kingdom as one that is hospitable to foreign workers, the fact that the Kingdom has been known to be one of one of its most controversial and restrictive countries for expats could impact how the expats perceive the country.
In Saudi Arabia , expats are generally expected to adhere to the countrys strict Islamic beliefs and to follow certain social norms, including gender segregation.
This may make it difficult for expat workers to fully enjoy Saudi Arabia and its culture and traditions.