Internally displaced women carry food aid from Saudi Arabia at a distribution centre in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, August 17, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Faruk
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Saudi Arabian authorities have deported more than 12,000 migrants held under "appalling conditions" back to their native Somalia, where many now face life-threatening situations, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.The deportations are part of a Saudi campaign to remove undocumented foreign workers after decades of lax immigration enforcement allowed migrants to take many low-wage jobs that the kingdom's own citizens shunned. Saudi authorities, grappling with high unemployment, now want those jobs for the kingdom's citizens. The United Nations refugee agency says its staff has been denied access by Saudi authorities to detained Somalis in the kingdom.Human Rights Watch said it spoke to Somalis who were recently deported who say they were held for weeks in "appalling conditions".
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