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Jakarta Post

Overseas demand for Indonesian workers stays high

  • Astrid Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 26 2008   /  10:47 am

The ongoing global financial crisis will not reap havoc on the demand for Indonesian migrant workers, particularly in Kuwait, the United States and Canada, an official said. According to the promotion director of Manpower Replacement and Protection (BNP2TKI) Endang Sulistyaningsih, opportunity for Indonesian laborers to work abroad remains high, with the U.S. and Canada in need of about one million nurses and care-givers. "I just came back from the U.S., and they said they are seeking up to one million nurses before 2020," Endang told Antara. Endang added that the demand for care-givers in the U.S. and Canada was on the rise due to the huge population of elderly citizens. "Opportunities for our citizens to work abroad remain high, but the biggest challenge comes from language proficiency. We still lag behind the Philippines, India, and Banglad...