Posted February 16, 2019 08:00:00The world is moving faster than ever before, with more people living and working abroad, and the number of people who have fled the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Many of those who do have a home, however, are not able to obtain work visas.
The government of Saudi Arabia has promised to help those who need a work visa in its current, temporary system.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that there were currently about 3,000 foreign workers, mostly from the Middle Eastern countries.
“We have a visa lottery, we have a lottery for Saudi citizens and the rest of the world,” he said.
“I would say that about 30 percent of the people that we are currently accepting from the outside are foreigners.”
Jubeier added that he hopes to expand that number by 2020.
The United States, which has been offering jobs in Saudi for years, has offered to assist with the process, and a few countries have begun to do so.
But those efforts have been met with skepticism.
“I think the best way to look at this is that there is no mechanism for foreign workers to gain a work permit, so this is not an issue of whether they need a permit, but rather whether they have a work license,” said Andrew Gause, an expert on the Saudi immigration system at Georgetown University.
The United Kingdom is the second largest economy in the world and its economy is dependent on Saudi oil exports.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a particularly attractive place to work.
The country is the world’s top oil exporter, and its unemployment rate is around 13 percent, far higher than that of many other rich nations.
Saudi Arabia is a country with strict Islamic laws and a reputation for strict religious and moral standards.
Many workers are afraid of coming under scrutiny.
Some Saudi citizens are applying for work permits through the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, which says it is trying to find ways to make its system more efficient and accessible.
“We do have certain procedures in place to process applications, and we are working with the relevant agencies and the government to make sure that this is in place as quickly as possible,” said Saudi immigration spokesperson Ali Al-Saud.
“In terms of the temporary work visa lottery system, the process is simple: The worker can apply for the visa online and get a green card.
This allows them to stay in Saudi and work here without having to travel to the United States.”
A Saudi official told CNN that the government has no intention of ending the lottery, and that it has made a number of adjustments to improve the system.
The official said that, in the meantime, the government is trying “to improve the application process so that people who apply can get the work permit.”
Al-Safadi added that the current system is not working.
“Our government is not making any changes in order to address the problems with the lottery system,” he told CNN.
“The government is continuing to work on these problems and improving the system.”
Saudi Arabia’s temporary foreign worker program was created in 2016 after the country’s conflict with neighboring Bahrain, and is intended to help low-wage workers who have been displaced by the civil war in neighboring Yemen.
The program has allowed the country to hire up to 100,000 foreigners a year, and some foreign workers have found success in the job market, including a woman who managed a hotel in Riyadh.
“As far as I know, she’s the only one that we know of who managed the hotel in the city,” said Ali Al Salaie, the director of the Saudi Center for Economic and Policy Research, which tracks the economy.
“She was able to make a good living and work in Saudi, which is great for her, but it was not enough for her family.”
Amber Naim, a graduate student at Georgetown and an American citizen who currently works as a personal care aide in Riyadh, said she would be interested in applying for a work-permits lottery in the future, if the program continues.
“It’s nice that they’re taking these new skills, but I would definitely apply for a lottery in Saudi if I could,” she told CNN, adding that she was concerned about the lottery process and the way it was handled.
“People think they’re getting a free pass.
If they have to go through a process, they’re going to be less willing to apply for other jobs.”