700,000 Yemeni Immigrants in Saudi Arabia [Archives:2003/693/Local News]

December 8 2003

A recent academic study statistics revealed that the total number of Yemeni immigrants in Arab and African countries is estimated at 928,000, 72% of whom live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia comprising 700,000.
The Saudi Al-Yaum newspaper reported on 25/11/2003 that the study prepared by Dr. Mohammed Al-Afandi, professor of economics at the University of Sana'a, and titled 'Motives and Economic Effects of the Yemeni Immigration in the Gulf, and Horn of Africa' indicated that Yemen is faced with challenges and needs to reduce their effect on the economy. For example, the failure to fulfill the market demand which is reported at an annual growth rate of 5.2% is one of those challenges, as well as the globalization pressures which call for the opening of local markets and freedom of exchange.