The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia topped the list of Arab countries in absorbing Egyptian labour, according to Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
CAPMAS notes that the total work permits issued to the Egyptians to work abroad increased by 1.5 per cent, bringing the total number of permits to 1.32 million during 2014, Saudi-based Alriyadh newspaper reports.
According to statistics, Saudi Arabia ranked first in the number of issued work permits for Egyptians to work in the kingdom. A total 648,000 permits were granted during 2015 compared to 624,000 permits during 2014, translating into an increase of 3.8 per cent.
The kingdom is followed by Kuwait with 210,000 permits during 2015 compared with 184,000 during 2014 – an increase of 14 per cent.
The Department of Statistics recently reported that the number of employees in the kingdom stood at 11.2 million in various government and private sectors.
The statistics also show that Italy topped the list of European countries issuing work permits to Egyptians. They granted 23,000 permits in 2014 compared with 25,000 in 2013, indicating a decline of 8.2 per cent.