18/01/2021 Driven to despair: Male domestic workers in Saudi | Migrant-Rights.org Domestic Workers Driven to despair: Male domestic workers in Saudi By Rabiya Ja ery On July 19, 2020 Demand remains high for male domestic worker visas According to o cial statistics, while the total number of foreign workers in Saudi’s private sector decreased by .6% between the rst quarters of 2019 2020, the number of migrant domestic workers has increased by 27.7% ove the same period – from 2,863,697 to an all-time high of 3,658,730. And although Saudi women could legally drive as of 24 June 2018, the predicted exodus of foreign male drivers has not occurred. In fact, there ha been a 43% rise in the number of foreign male drivers since the decision to https://www.migrant-rights.org/2020/07/driven-to-despair-male-domestic-workers-in-saudi/ 1/5

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