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Saudis limit Filipino pilgrims to Mecca to cut down illegal immigration

Catholic World News - July 05, 2010

Saudi Arabia has imposed a limit on the number of Muslim pilgrims traveling to Mecca from the Philippines, in order to curb illegal immigration.

A quota of 500 visas will be issued to Filipino pilgrims this year, the Saudi government has revealed. The step has been taken to cut down on the number of migrant workers from the Philippines who use the pilgrimage as a way of entering Saudi Arabia, and then remain there, working illegally, after their visas have expired.

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