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Jakarta Post

Long term solution for refugees sought

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 22 2019   /  12:24 am

Even though refugees have disappeared from the sidewalk of one of Jakarta’s main roads, the problem remains, with the Jakarta administration calling for medium and long term solutions for the more than 1,000 refugees it currently houses.Since late June, dozens of refugees camped for weeks in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta, to demand progress in their applications to be resettled in a third country. On July 10, the Jakarta administration finally allowed them to take shelter in one of its buildings in Kalideres, West Jakarta.Jakarta Social Agency head Irmansyah said that, as of Friday, the Kalideres building housed as many as 1,429 refugees from 12 countries, with 1,100 of them from Afghanistan.He said his office had also established a public kitchen near the West Jakarta mayor’s office, while other local agenci...