2003 News Story

Interior minister sets limits to expatriate population

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who is also Chairman of the Manpower Council, announced today that the number of expatriate workers in the Kingdom, together with their dependents, should not exceed 20 percent of the indigenous population. This will take effect over the coming ten years. The decision, which also stipulates that no single nationality may exceed ten percent of the total number of expatriates, arose from a study on the situation of the labor market in light of the government's strategy to create more job opportunities for nationals. This new expatriate ceiling, as well as the relevant labor policies and procedures, will be reviewed every two years.