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28 Oct 2020

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Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia

In the last decade, with half of Saudi citizens under 30 and 250,000 young nationals entering the labour force every year, the government has given increasingly urgent priority to the goal of Saudization, replacing foreign workers in the private sector...

while one aspect of Vision 2030 aims to reduce dependence on migrant workers, its heavy focus on infrastructure and construction, including high-profile gigaprojects like Neom and the Red Sea Project, will require large numbers of low-income construction workers to deliver...

While there is no evidence of a structured or strategic approach to migrant worker rights, there is some indication that the government wants to improve conditions in the private sector, in part to encourage Saudis into the workplace, and in part to attract higher skilled migrants.