Indonesia Set to Lift Ban on Sending Migrant Workers to Middle East

Nusron Wahid, conduct of a Migrant Worker Protection and Placement Agency (BNP2TKI), told reporters in Jakarta final week that a supervision has been operative on formalizing a devise that would see migrant workers, generally maids, being authorised to work abroad again.

This pierce was stirred by a fact that between 5,000 and 10,000 low-skilled workers had been sent abroad illegally each month given a duration came into effect, Nusron told

“We’re happy that a supervision is set to concede promulgation workers abroad again. The supervision contingency positively cruise it, since it indeed severely advantages a country,” pronounced Aulia Febrina, executive of Global Alwakil Indonesia, a internal group for migrant workers.

Since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo systematic a ban, remittances to Indonesia declined tolerably to $8.6 billion final year from $8.9 billion in 2016 and $9.6 billion in 2015.

New Protection Proposal

According to Nusron, Indonesia will send 30,000 domestic workers to a Middle East annually after a duration is lifted.

To strengthen a maids’ rights, a BNP2TKI will follow a instance of other countries with vast numbers of migrant workers by imposing limits on maximum operative hours for maids, identical to those of white-collar workers.

“The maids’ operative hours are now fixed. They might not be compulsory to surpass a limit operative hours, only like other workers,” Nusron said.

Maids will also no longer be authorised to stay in their employers’ homes, that will safeguard their protection, Nusron believes.

“This operative indication has been practical to migrant workers from a Philippines,” he said.

Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, executive for citizen insurance and authorised assist during a Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pronounced all stakeholders contingency be concerned in sketch adult a correct devise to solve issues associated to migrant workers.

“One of a parameters is domestic management, from recruitment, processing, [skills] training, financing and more,” he told reporters.

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