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Jakarta Post

Indonesia seeks to persuade diaspora to come home

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 9, 2020   /  10:20 am
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Each diaspora gathering has included extraordinary sharing by members of their experiences, aspirations and ideas for the country according to their varied interests and professions.(Shutterstock/File)

Living abroad for the next five or 10 years in order to build a career before eventually returning to Indonesia is the aspiration of Fadhil Saptady, a 26-year-old Indonesian entrepreneur in Turkey. He is one of more than 6 million Indonesians in the diaspora across the globe and among those who have been tasting the fruits of living overseas by running a hospitality business. First arriving in Turkey as a student in 2012, Fadhil decided to open an Indonesian restaurant six years later in Istanbul. “I want to develop myself abroad and then come back to Indonesia to [contribute] to economic development,” he told The Jakarta Post recently. In the past few years, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been calling on Indonesians abroad to return home and utilize their experience to help build the nation. And in his first speech since reelection in October 2019, he ...