Many social workers had sweated it out on a voluntarily basis outside and inside the Indian Embassy premises to help the overstayers
with the repatriation process.
While accurate figures of overstayers
in Saudi Arabia are far from clear, the country does have a Hajj Ministry that is responsible for the issuance of visas to all those wishing to perform the Hajj or Umrah.
In 2004, authorities from the MoJ threatened to reduce the number of overstayers
by 50 per cent, and since then, employers have been fined for hiring illegal migrants, and arrests and detention have increased significantly.
I am convinced the government could be wiser and more compassionate in its handling of overstayers
and asylum seekers.
Of those overstayers
, 55,000 were from South Korea, 30,000 came from the Philippines, 28,000 from China and 17,000 from Thailand, the statistics showed.
The Macao government, however, said in a statement late Sunday that the five Pakistanis were visa overstayers
who were detained in connection with a theft group.
The departments envision stricter controls on illegal immigrants, overstayers
, organizations helping illegal entry into Japan and the so-called ''underground banks'' that help illegal foreign workers remit money home.
The ministry will next week approve 12 of the overstayers
-- three Iranian families -- among the 21, who voluntarily turned themselves in to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau on Sept.
Saudis and expatriates have been advised not to employ or shelter overstayers
to avoid punitive action.
Contract awarded for community status resolution service advertsing for visa overstayers
Riyadh also complains about pilgrimage overstayers
who refuse to go home at the end of the haj season and opt to wander in Saudi Arabia looking for better living conditions and more employment opportunities than in their home countries.
MUSCAT: With speculation rife that the Ministry of Manpower is likely to extend the period of amnesty granted to overstayers
beyond the current deadline of May 31, Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhwa has appealed to all those who have already registered to complete the procedures as soon as possible.