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Chaotic statistics of Indonesian migrant workers

  • Palmira Permata Bachtiar

Jakarta | Thu, January 26 2012 | 10:27 am

PREMIUM Indonesia has become one of the biggest migrant-sending countries in Asia after Sri Lanka and the Philippines (Hugo, 2009). But, are we aware of how many Indonesians are working abroad? No one probably knows the exact answer.

Estimates of the total number of migrant workers vary from 4 million (The Jakarta Post, 2012), 4.1 million (Bank Indonesia, 2011), to 6 million (Kompas, 2011). Meanwhi...