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Jakarta Post

House passes ambitious immigration bill

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat and Mariel Grazela

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 8 2011   /  08:00 am

After six years of deliberations, the House of Representatives passed an immigration bill on Thursday expected to help expatriates with Indonesian spouses and the children of mixed marriages.

Fahri Hamzah, chair of the special committee deliberating the bill with the government, said it was this year’s most monumental legislation.

The bill would give incentives for expatriates to invest in Indonesia and also reform the nation’s complex immigration procedures, Fahri said.

“Through the bill, the House and the government have shown a humane face to their power [including] ideas, input and support from all stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, expatriates and their Indonesian spouses,” he said at the House’s plenary session, which was presided over by House Deputy Speaker Priyo Budi Santoso.

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