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Arrests of infiltrators into Saudi Arabia by month (3/2011-10/2013)

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3/2011 44,700
4/2011 40,266
5/2011 44,290
6/2011 56,791
7/2011 35,566
8/2011 50,106
9/2011 40,620
10/2011 50,075
11/2011 60,321
12/2011 51,146
Total 3-12/ 2011 473,881
1/2012 54,218
2/2012 51,819
3/2012 52,641
4/2012 52,687
5/2012 60,014
6/2012 54,472
7/2012 52,409
8/2012 50,340
9/2012 46,287
10/2012 45,233
11/2012 46,132
12/2012 43,080
Total 2012 609,332
1/2013 46,275
2/2013 48,994
3/2013 41,309
4/2013 40,512
5/2013 38,540
6/2013 94,333
7/2013 26,888
8/2013 30,197
9/2013 24,151
Total 1-9/ 2013 391,199

Source: Ministry of Interior.
1. Definition

Infiltrators are persons who entered illegally into Saudi Arabia’s territory.

Arrests are made by border guards, by the police, by the Passports Department and by the General Administration of Mujahideen (Interior Ministry).

2. Institution which provides data

Ministry of interior

3. Data availability

Monthly figures for irregulars’ arrests and deportation were put online on the Ministry of Interior’s website (chapter “Security News”), until July 2015. Figures were computed by Hijrah months, in Arabic only.
As of 21 September 2015, deportation and arrests’ records are still unavailable online.

Date of access: 21 September 2015

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