LFY expresses concern about recent decision by KSA to end the jobs of hundreds of Yemeni academics, doctors and other workers in its southern governorates
مجموعة أصدقاء اليمن في حزب العمال تعرب عن قلقها إزاء توجهات المملكة العربية السعودية لإنهاء عمل مئات الأكاديميين والأطباء اليمنيين من المناطق الجنوبية
19 August 2021: According to several reports, thousands Yemeni workers are about to lose their jobs in Saudi Southern Governorates of Baha, Jizan, Najran and Asir within the coming months due to recent informal instructions by the KSA government targeting Yemeni nationals working and residing in these areas. This move has raised the fears of a mass deportation of Yemeni emigrants most of whom are escaping the ongoing war.
Among those who already received notices to end their contracts, hundreds of skilled Yemeni immigrants including academics, teachers, and doctors working in various Saudi universities, schools and medical institutions in these provinces, whose contracts - despite being recently renewed - were terminated without prior notice or explanation. It is confirmed that Yemeni academics were given around three months to finalise procedures for leaving their universities and the country.
The dismissal of these academics, as well as other workers - will have a significant financial impact on Yemeni families across the border who rely solely on support from Yemeni expats working in Saudi Arabia. The remittances of the Yemeni workers in Saudi Arabia contribute the largest share of the hard currency and cover the daily expenses of millions of relatives at home.
It is worth noting that most of those affected were originally expelled from their jobs or fled in fear of prosecution in areas under the Houthis’ control, which means if they are to return to these areas their lives and safety will be in danger.
The impact of this move on the already deteriorating humanitarian conditions of Yemen, while under the current war, is appalling on several accounts. First, it is discriminatory because it only targets Yemeni Nationals, and is not part of the ongoing Saudi nationalisation scheme (Saudization), which adds concerns to Saudi Arabia workers' rights record.
Second, it will erode the ongoing efforts by Saudi Arabia to bring back stability to Yemen and might question the credibly of these efforts in the light of these developments.
LFY strongly believes that Saudi Arabia has a moral and legal obligation in front of the international community towards Yemen due to the war which Saudi is involved in. LFY believes it is time for Saudi Arabia to demonstrate the good will in respecting those obligations in a way that preserves the interests of both neighbouring countries and send a positive message about the role of Saudi Arabia and its leadership in seeking peace.
The UK and the international community must intervene, and remind the Saudi government to respect its obligation towards Yemen and call to review those unjust and unjustifiable decisions.