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Govt says babies born to refugees are threat to sovereignty

  • Fadli and Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 25 2016   /  09:54 am
Uncertain status: Marwan Mohammed holds his baby at the Kolekta Hotel migrant camp in Batam, Riau Islands.(JP/Fadli)(JP/Fadli)

Uncertain status: Marwan Mohammed holds his baby at the Kolekta Hotel migrant camp in Batam, Riau Islands.(JP/Fadli)Refugees seeking shelter here are already a serious problem for a populous nation like Indonesia. And even more so if they give birth to babies within the country’s territory.

A case in point is the refugees giving birth in Batam, Riau Islands. The government has started to complain that these babies pose a threat to Indonesia’s sovereignty as they are automatically granted Indonesian citizenship.

Eight refugees gave birth in Batam last year. The Batam immigration office has asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to take anticipatory measures to deal with the increasing number of refugees giving birth.

“I have asked the UNHCR directly. But well, there’s no solution,” Batam immigration office head Agus Wijaya told The ...