The phenomenon of the influx of foreign labor into Indonesia has led to a debate among political parties, corporate interests and the public at large. The focus of the debate revolves around the newly issued Presidential Regulation No. 20/2018 on foreign workers. Some see the regulation as solely facilitating a greater influx of foreigners at a time when Indonesia is grappling with unemployment. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has countered this view by asserting that the regulation focuses on the much needed modernization of bureaucratic procedures for foreign workers and the issuance of work permits.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla backed the regulation, emphasizing the potential for increasing foreign investment by streamlining administrative requirements for investors. He stressed that foreign workers are important for boosting investment, capital inflows and the...
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