The Jakarta Post
The resort area of Puncak in Bogor, West Java, has attracted an estimated 1,766 undocumented immigrants who want to stay in many places across the hilly region.
“Many immigrants are not recorded. Most of them come from conflict countries like Afghanistan, Palestine and many more,” said Wahyu Darmawan, the head of the Bogor Regency National and Political Unity Office (Kesbangpol), tempo.co reported on Tuesday.
The issue became public when an undocumented immigrant from Palestine was caught selling goods in the Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong, where no vendors were allowed.
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said the administration has yet to find a solution to solve the problem of undocumented immigrants.
“If we don’t address this immediately, the immigrants will roam around our place and create more problems, just like what happened in Pakansari Stadium,” he said.
“However, we should be careful because it’s about human rights. We have to help them, but at the same time we also have to obey the rules,” Wahyu added while calling on the central government to help the regency solve the issue. (vla)