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Indonesia signals easing of domestic worker travel ban

Posted by jaypee 65 days ago Indonesia
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Jakarta is to continue allowing Indonesian domestic helpers to work overseas if there is a need for them, and if working conditions in foreign nations have improved, an Indonesian labor official said.


Jakarta last year said that it would prevent Indonesians from working abroad as domestic helpers as of this year.


However, during an interview with reporters, National Agency Read More

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New passport rule stigmatizes, burdens migrant workers: NGO

Posted by jaypee 67 days ago Indonesia
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Migrant Care executive director Wahyu Susilo said a new regulation that requires aspiring Indonesian migrant workers to have Rp 25 million on a bank account when applying for a passport was a policy based on prejudice and suspicion.


On Friday, Directorate General of Immigration spokesperson Agung Sampurno said the Immigration Office had issued a circular on March 6 that Read More

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Indonesia eases migrant worker documentation

Posted by jaypee 77 days ago Indonesia
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Indonesian authorities have simplified bureaucratic procedures to allow migrant workers to obtain work permits easier.


The aim is to reduce the number of Indonesians working abroad illegally or becoming human trafficking victims.


Nusron Wahid, head of the Agency of Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers, said complex procedures — which includes having to Read More

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Urgent improvements in migrant-worker management needed

Posted by jaypee 201 days ago Indonesia
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The recent fatal boat accident, which left 54 people dead, in Batam, Riau Islands, has highlighted the government’s poor management of migrant workers, a researcher has said.


International migration expert from Gadjah Mada University’s Population and Policy Study Center, Sukamdi, condemned the latest in a series of such incidents that had occurred in the past year. The Read More

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Immigration office denies departure of 12 migrant workers to Saudi Arabia

Posted by jaypee 211 days ago Indonesia
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Immigration authorities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport denied the departure of 12 Indonesians to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday evening because of the country’s moratorium on sending workers to Middle-Eastern countries.


“These people admitted that they were leaving to work as nurses and midwives in Riyadh, but they only had visiting visas,” Heru Santo Read More

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Lawmakers drag feet on domestic workers bill

Posted by jaypee 229 days ago Indonesia
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There is only a slim chance that domestic workers in the country will be free from various kinds of mistreatment if there is no legal umbrella to improve their protection, labor activists have said.

The Coalition for Protection of Domestic and Migrant Workers (KA-PPRTBM) said both the government and the House of Representatives had made initiatives to provide regulations to saf

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Govt steps up efforts to protect migrant workers - National - The Jakarta Post

Posted by jaypee 240 days ago Indonesia
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The government has developed centers in border areas to better help the documentation of Indonesian people seeking jobs abroad and to empower migrant workers who have become trapped in illegal employment in neighboring countries, an official has said.


"The center in Nunukan has assisted hundreds of Indonesian migrant workers employed illegally in Tawau so that they can obtain Read More

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Most domestic worker abuse cases aren't taken seriously, activist says

Posted by jaypee 252 days ago Indonesia
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At least 80 percent of domestic worker mistreatment cases reported to law enforcement in Jakarta this year do not enter legal processing as they are discontinued by police, the National Network for Domestic Workers Advocacy (Jala PRT) has said.


In a report submitted to the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Jala PRT revealed that from 217 cases of mi Read More