Mass deportations of workers in Saudi Arabia

Reports indicate that in the last few months, Saudi Arabia has expelled around 40,000 migrant workers from Pakistan. Using concerns around security issues, the Saudi Arabian government is expelling large numbers of migrant workers to curtail efforts at workplace organising. Many of these workers are still owed unpaid wages and face difficult times back in their home countries. These deportations are occurring in a climate of economic and social difficulties where migrant workers are being used as scapegoats for these problems. In actual fact, migrant workers in the Gulf countries in West Asia have consistently been used as cheap and disposable labour by national governments.