(BBC News) -An amnesty has begun in Saudi Arabia during which huge numbers of illegal workers will be permitted to leave the country without facing heavy fines or other punishments.
It’s thought hundreds-of-thousands of undocumented foreign residents might take advantage of the three-month grace period.
The oil-rich kingdom draws in workers from poorer states across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. When a similar amnesty was offered a few years ago there were thought to be 2.5 million illegal residents in the country.
Correspondents say the number may be significantly higher now.