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Analysis: RI migrant workers bring skills, cash to their home country

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 25 2018   /  03:10 am

As one of the most populated countries in the world, Indonesia is expected to have a large, young and productive workforce and therefore enjoy a demographic bonus. In 2030, around 70 percent of the Indonesian population is projected to be of working age. With such a prospect, our talent and human capital is essential for economic development. One way to respond to this situation is to tap the potential of Indonesian migrant workers.Among the 10 ASEAN countries, Indonesia has the largest population and the second-highest number of migrant workers. However, in terms of remittances sent to the homeland, it only ranks third in the region, below the Philippines and Vietnam. Underlying problems are the low level of education and background skills, the high proportion of undocumented workers and the high cost of remittance transfers to the homeland.Graphic 1. Remittance inflows to ASEAN countri...