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Government reopens migrant worker placement to boost economy

  • News Desk

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Sejumlah Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (TKI) pekerja konstruksi dari berbagai daerah di Jawa Timur berkumpul di rumah sewa mereka di Jalan Pasir Merah Batu 5 Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, Jumat (27/3/2020), selama Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (MOC) mulai (18/3) hingga (14/4) untuk membatasi COVID-19. Para pekerja yang kesulitan bahan makanan dan keuangan tersebut sedikit terbantu setelah ada bantuan dari relawan Muhammadiyah yang didukung KBRI Kuala Lumpur. (Antara/Agus Setiawan)

The Manpower Ministry has announced that it will reopen the recruitment and placement of Indonesian migrant workers in a bid to strengthen the country’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 20, the ministry issued a regulation to temporarily halt the placement of migrant workers in foreign countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new ministerial regulation, issued on July 29, lifts the restriction. “To accelerate the recovery of the national economy and seeing that several countries have also reopened to foreign workers, it is necessary for us to also reopen the opportunity for our migrant workers to work in destination countries,” Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com. Labor migration offers employment prospects for many who would have little chance of finding a job at home and therefore helps to relieve unemployment ...