Sudan — Sudanese Returnees from Saudi Arabia (August 2017)
Aug 13 2017
- Flow Monitoring
On 29 March 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) issued an official statement declaring that all irregular migrants in the country must leave voluntarily within an established 90-day amnesty period. The declaration further outlined that those choosing to remain beyond the amnesty period would be penalized in accordance with the law and face deportation. Several countries of origin (including Sudan) with notable migrant populations in KSA have approached IOM with requests for support in facilitating the safe and voluntary return of their nationals. Consequently the IOM-DTM team jointly with the Secretariat of Sudanese Working Abroad (SSWA) team were deployed to Khartoum International Airport and Port Sudan in order to register the Sudanese who are returning via this entry point. As of 13 August 2017, a total of 2,008 households composed of 3,288 returnees were registered of which 70% are male.