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Placement companies should send more skilled migrant workers: Govt

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  04:00 pm
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Illegal dispatch -- Migrant workers recruited from several areas across Indonesia wait for their departure in their tiny room in a shelter in Karanganyar, Central Java. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

As the government revamps an agency to reshape the future of migrant labor, it is urging private placement companies to follow suit by changing the way they operate.  The government recently announced that it would restructure the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) to focus more on protection-oriented operations, a shift in approach from a probusiness perspective as mandated by the 2017 law on migrant worker protection. The organization will be renamed the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) and its role in worker placement will be included in three major protection tasks before, during and after people work overseas. BNP2TKI acting head Tatang Razak said the proper placement of workers was an important part of protection that should be accomplished with selective steps. “The goal is to conduct s...