On 21 June 2022, the GDP and Migrant-Rights.org submitted freedom of information requests regarding immigration detention practices to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior (General Department of Expatriate Affairs), General Authority for Statistics, and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.
In particular, we requested the following information:
- The number of non-citizens detained or arrested in 2019, 2020, and 2021 – including disaggregated data on the number of detained men, women, and children.
- Information on the number of people to be deported in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for immigration-related reasons.
- A complete list of facilities employed for immigration detention purposes.
As of October 2022, the GDP and Migrant-Rights.org had not received a response from any of the three agencies.