The Jakarta Post
As many as 69,479 newcomers entered the city after the Idul Fitri holiday last month, official data revealed.
“Compared to last year, the figure decreased 1.5 percent from 70,752 people,” said Jakarta Population and Civil Registration Agency head Edison Sianturi on Tuesday, quoting data from the Transportation Ministry’s Idul Fitri holiday vehicle post.
Tradition has it that home-bound travelers return to Jakarta and other big cities along with their relatives, friends or acquaintances who seek a better life in the capital.
Given that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared that anyone is allowed to seek a better life in the capital, Edison said he urged newcomers to register at local administrations in which they live.
He added that his agency would work with all community and neighborhood units in the city to ensure that the newcomers are registered.
The agency, Edison said, would also carry out civil registration drives, dubbed as operasi yustisi.
“The drive will take place on July 10, simultaneously across the city,” he said as quoted by tempo.co.
According to the agency’s yearly observations, most of the newcomers who try to eke out a living in the capital flock to industrial areas and ports.
Newcomers who wish to study, meanwhile, choose to live near campuses. (vla)