2 March 2016, My Republica

Ten Nepali migrant workers have been left in the lurch in Saudi Arabia after they have been rendered illegal.

Landed in Saudi Arabia 22 months ago through the Kathmandu-based Al Naseer Overseas Pvt Ltd, the migrants have been rendered illegal ever since as they lack necessary documents like identity cards and residency permit cards.

As a result, they were arrested time and again earlier and now are living in the quarters of their company in Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia.

It has been said that the Saudi Arabia has warned the company the Nepali migrants worked for to reform the company’s provisions.

As per the warnings, the company is barred from running any transactions, employing foreign migrant workers and shifting migrants elsewhere.

The victims said that they were forced to work illegally for other company for the first one year of their arrival here.

They lamented that even Nepali embassy in Saudi Arabia had turned deaf ear to their problem as well despite their repeated approach for help.

They added that they had been told that they should pay a fine of around Rs 600,000 each (around 20,000 Saudi Riyals) to return home due to their illegal status.

“We are also deprived of treatment in case someone falls sick for want of our identity cards. It has been 10 months since we lost job. Now we are surviving on borrowed money,” said one of the victims, Soman Raut from Sarlahi.

He said that they paid Rs 135,000 to the employee sending company each to fly to Saudi Arabia and that they are yet to repay all the money they borrowed before they left for the country.



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