Information on the procedure for deporting an individual from Saudi Arabia, on whether the country of residence is verified before deportation, on documents the deportee is required to provide, on whether the deportee is escorted to his/her country of alleged citizenship or residence and handed over to the authorities of that country, and on whether the Saudi authorities would deport an individual to a country where he/she is not a citizen or resident [SAU24724.E]

Information on the above-mentioned topic could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. However, some statements on Saudi Arabia's summary deportation practices can be found in the attached excerpts from the USCR's World Refugee Survey 1996, which states that "those who overstayed their visas or who otherwise violated temporary residency rules were detained in poor, overcrowded conditions in deportation facilities, and subsequently deported without judicial review (1996, 123), and in the attached excerpts of a May 1992 Middle East Watch report.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR). 1996. World Refugee Survey 1996. Washington, DC: USCR.


Middle East Watch (HRW). May 1992. Empty Reforms: Saudi Arabia's New Basic Laws. New York: Human Rights Watch, pp. 39-42.

U.S. Committee for Refugees USCR. 1996. World Refugee Survey 1996. Washington, DC: Immigration and Refugee Services of America, p. 122-23.

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International. Amnesty International Report. Yearly.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1995. 1996.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. Daily.

Foreign diplomatic representatives in Canada.

Note on contacting foreign diplomatic representatives in Canada:

Embassies and high commissions are not usually called for security-related questions such as location of military bases or the functioning of secret services. Ability to obtain information from diplomatic representatives depends on availability of information and cooperation from individual countries.

UNHCR databases (REFWORLD).