While America preaches free markets and then passes “labor protection bills”:http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_574313,0008.htm, Saudi Arabia is going the same route
bq. The Saudi government began enforcing Saturday a decision to bar foreign workers from gold and jewellery shops in a move a leading economist said sends “a strong signal” that the retail sector will be “Saudized” to provide jobs for nationals.
bq. Up to three million foreigners face the axe in the next decade after the Saudi government decided in February 2003 to limit the number of foreign workers and their families to less than 20 percent of the Saudi population by 2013. [via “SIFY”:http://headlines.sify.com/2915news5.html?headline=Saudi~bars~Indian~workers~from~gold~shops]
About 25,000 to 30,000 jobs are to be reclaimed by the Saudis by the current action. A large number of people affected will be from my home state of Kerala.