“Millions of expatriates earn in Saudi Arabia while tens of thousands of Saudis are jobless." “Expats ‘illegally’ run businesses (tasattur) and hurt the national economy. They deprive Saudis of work opportunities and also unfairly compete with legal companies. “Expats run away from their sponsors and have increased rates of crime. “Expats transfer millions of riyals out of the kingdom. Our money is landing up in their countries.”
SENTIMENTS such as these, oft-repeated in the local press and public discourses, are perhaps the reason why many Saudis—officials and citizens—believe that expats, despite admittedly having built the country, are the cause of their pressing problems.
It requires little effort to disprove these conclusions factually.
Empirical research shows:
1. Immigrants create new jobs as consumers and entrepreneurs.
2. Natives and immigrants are interdependent and do not compete with each other, as they usually find themselves in different types of jobs.
3. The percentage of unemployment is lesser in places that have greater concentration of immigrants.
While the studies were done in the US, the results on immigrants fit with almost any country in the world.
Immigrants founded nearly half of the Top 50 startups in America; 74 percent of the top startups have at least one immigrant holding a top-level management position (CEO, CTO, VP, etc.) and, needless to say, these companies have created thousands of new jobs.
On why all top startups seem to come out of America, Paul Graham, founder of the acclaimed Y Combinator, notes as his #1 reason: “The US Allows Immigration”.
Immigration in Saudi Arabia however is non-existent. Expats cannot, by law, start a business. It is interesting to note though that many top Saudi companies (e.g. Bin Ladin Group) were founded by immigrants when Saudi Arabia was more open to immigration.
While foreign businesses can invest in the kingdom, expats living and working in the country cannot. This, as we know, has led to tasattur where an expat runs a business (not without risk) under a dummy Saudi sponsor. The contract is written such that the employee (expat) gets the major share of profits as salary while the Saudi owner receives the rest. It is no secret that many, if not most, small and medium businesses operate under this arrangement.
While flourishing economic activity should have been good news, labor officials consider cracking down on tasattur better for the sole reason that expats are running the businesses (regardless of how much they contribute to society).
There is a pressing need for some serious soul searching. If we open up to immigration and allow expatriates to start businesses, they will create many more employment opportunities for Saudis in the private sector. This is critical because to meet the rising demand of employment, the private sector must grow by at least 6 percent every year. However, the private sector grew by only 3.7 percent in 2010.
Population is another reason why foreigners are so important to Saudi Arabia. A factor of American success is that the US is a large market with 300 million people. Saudis, on the other hand, are only about 20 million—the population of a city like Beijing or Bombay. Added to that, the Saudi birth rate has sharply declined—from a fertility rate of 7.3 in the 1970s to 2.8 in 2012. Within a few decades, the country will be left with a large aging and a small working population.
Without immigrants, the numbers will simply not be enough to build a strong and progressing country of this size.
Then how visionary, or even rational, is it to slaughter the golden goose of expatriates? On what economic grounds, let alone ethical, are we embarking on this tirade against the ajnabi?
The malaise, in my opinion, lies in the xenophobic, nationalistic and racist feelings—condemned as “jaahiliyyah” in Islamic terminology—which have unfortunately taken deep-seated roots in the heartland of Muslims.
it was here that our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) abolished tribalism and held meritocracy above all. It was here that an African slave was chosen over Arab nobles for the prestige of calling the adhan. It was here that principles mattered more than bloodlines. And it was here that emigrants were received with open arms.
“Muslims are the best of nations,” the Qur’an has declared because of the teachings we follow. Early Muslims were multicultural and practiced Islam in its true spirit. As a result, they were very successful in all aspects of life.
Even today, the Muslim World has tremendous potential, but it is severely impaired by a lack of vision, faith and courage.
Being the heart of the Muslim World, Saudi Arabia can become a hub of Muslim talent and create billions of new opportunities.
The solution to our global issues, which we so love to talk about, can perhaps begin with a change in our mindset toward immigrants.
May Allah revive the Ummah from its slumber. Ameen! - source
Coming week is going to be celebrated Mother's Day Special Week or you can say Mother's Week. On Sunday 12th of May 2013 officially declared Mother's Day and will be celebrated all over the world including United States, UK, Pakistan, India infact all Asia, Europe, Australia and America. No matter where ever you are and from where you belong, this day is especially for you and for your Special MoM your Mother. Better to spend time with each other, cook with her, enjoy together, surprise her, send gifts, greet her with Mother's Day special and beautiful cards that are now available on almost every shop and stores. Mother's Day flowers are just blossom as spring is going on it peak. It's the time to buy beautiful roses on Mother's Day and send her flowers of different colors.
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I am here to say my MoM a very happy Mother's Day and yes MOM you are everything.
We don' t know if we should be happy calling ourselves a part of this lovely kingdom or sad being pointed out as dirty & smelly fellow. IF Sheikh Al Mutlaq had not, by his wisdom, humility and right spirit, answered a question asked to him by one of the viewers during his program on Al-Majd channel, we would have been obliged to bury our heads in the sand out of shame over our arrogance and treatment of foreign workers who help us in our daily matters more than we help them to earn an honorable living.
The questioner suggested building separate mosques for foreigners because he was disgusted by their dirty clothes and the bad smell of their sweat and socks. He said foreigners should be banned from praying in the Kingdom’s clean and tidy mosques. But i like Sheikh Al Mutlaq's answer.towards him was "that the questioner's description of foreign workers reminded him of the condition of Saudi citizens at a time when the country did not know soap or shampoo." He told him that the dirty foreign workers might be closer to God than him.
I am saddened' that anyone could come up with this ridiculous idea of building separate mosques for foreigners. The wealth we are living in should make us thankful and humble, not arrogant and conceited. One of the comment below that video was "If they want to have separate mosques what about hajj??"
We should remember the last Haj sermon of Prophet Muhammad which says: No Arab is superior to Ajam but only Taqwa makes a man superior. We need to recall the teachings of Islam otherwise it will be a great Fitnah. The 'illiteracy' genes which were dormant in such people are now getting expressed. I hope now people will realize to what kind of people our Prophet(S) was sent and how he made the impossible into possible by changing the people of these Land. Such people have forgotten what Islam actually is!
Its just one person's thinking not all Saudis are the same. Every society has good and bad. We need to just forget and forgive and move on..