More than 94,000 expat workers left Saudi Arabia in the third quarter of 2017, according to the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat).
The number of expat workers in the private and public sectors was 10.79 million in Q2 compared to 10.6 million in Q3, a decline of approximately 94,390 workers between July and September.
At the same time, a total of 509,180 work visas were issued during Q3 of 2017. The government sector issued 22.3% visas and the private sector 39.9%. Some 37.8% visas were issued to recruit domestic workers, the report noted.
Expatriates are leaving because of the imposition of dependents fees and foreign workers levies.
Source: Saudi Gazette