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Amnesty over, ‘illegal expatriates’ await Saudi Arabia crackdown

RIYADH: For four months, texts from the government pinged into every mobile phone in Saudi Arabia ordering "illegal expatriates" to leave the kingdom before the end of an amnesty that expired in late July. The campaign, "a nation without violators," warned of fines, jail time and deportation for anyone caught without valid identity documents after the grace period, in a renewed push to reduce the kingdom's abundant black market in labour. Saudi Arabian authorities estimate more than 600,000 people took the amnesty,…