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500,000 Indians arrive in Saudi Arabia in 16 months

500,000 Indians arrive in Saudi Arabia in 16 months
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Nearly 500,000 Indian workers arrived in Saudi Arabia in the last 16 months, making them the largest group of expatriates in the Gulf nation, a media...

Nearly 500,000 Indian workers arrived in Saudi Arabia in the last 16 months, making them the largest group of expatriates in the Gulf nation, a media report said on Wednesday.

The number of Indian workers in the kingdom has reached about three million after an agreement to manage and organise their recruitment was signed between the two countries in January 2014, Arab News quoted an Indian official as saying.

The official said India has not received any request from Riyadh to amend the recruitment agreement, according to which sponsors must pay a guarantee of $2,500 for each worker.

The agreement with Saudi Arabia exists only to ensure that the rights of Indian citizens who wish to work abroad are guaranteed and maintained, the official added.
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