RIYADH - Saudi authorities have arrested more than 2.5 million foreigners who were living in the Kingdom in violation of the country’s residency and labor regulations in a joint security campaign that began all over the Kingdom on Nov. 15, 2017.

The joint campaign, titled the Nation Free of Illegal Expats, was launched with the participation of 19 government and private sector agencies, including the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Passport Department.

According to officials, 2,544,626 illegal expatriates were arrested by Jan. 31, since the beginning of the campaign. They included 1,981,604 people arrested for violating the system of residency, 389,106 for violating the labor regulations and 173,916 for breaching border security.