Riyadh’s Struggle With ‘Saudisation’

Saudi authorities are cracking down on undocumented immigrants, deporting hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from the country. The move is part of a broader ‘Saudisation’ scheme that seeks to address high unemployment and to reduce the Kingdom’s dependence on foreign labour. Government officials describe the programme as a necessary step to develop the economy, while some business leaders claim it will strangle the construction sector. Discussing the situation in Saudi Arabia, and across the Gulf, is Middle East country risk analyst Mickael Gondrand and Richard Marshall, an analyst with our Infrastructure team.

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