RIYADH – The Ministry of Interior has said it imposed a moratorium on recruitment from Ethiopia following a marked increase in the number crimes involving workers from the country.
Crimes allegedly committed by Ethiopian expatriates, especially domestic helpers, in the Kingdom have increased 60 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics compiled by the ministry.
Al-Watan newspaper reported that the Ministry of Interior has provided the ministries of foreign affairs and labor with copies of the statistics it compiled. According to the report, Ethiopian workers have committed heinous and appalling crimes and murdered innocent children.
The report said the moratorium imposed on recruitment from Ethiopia came after the increase in crimes by Ethiopian expatriates.
The ministry is studying the motives and causes of these crimes and will request Ethiopian authorities to explain how they are going to deal with and prevent such crimes from taking place in the future.
Many citizens have welcomed the moratorium, which was imposed last month.
In response to the Saudi move, the Ethiopian authorities halted the processing of 40,000 visas that had been approved earlier.