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Activists slam restart of migrant worker placement

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 5 2020   /  01:00 am
Authorities conduct medical check on 47 Indonesian migrant workers who have been caught by the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) personnel after returning from Malaysia via illegal routes through Nongsa waters in Batam, Riau Islands, on April 15, 2020.(Courtesy of Bakamla/via kompas.com)

Critics have decried the government’s recent decision to lift a ban on the recruitment and placement of Indonesian migrant workers, which was suspended in March when the country was dealing with the early emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wahyu Susilo from labor rights group Migrant Care said the decision could lead to haphazard recruitment and placement processes and encourage illicit activities by illegal migrant worker placement companies (P3MIs). “This could lead to a haphazard recruitment process in Indonesia's migrant-sending regions," he said. He said that sending migrant workers abroad was a risky move at a time when COVID-19 in Indonesia showed no signs of abating and while other countries were confronting a second wave of outbreaks. Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah signed on July 29 a ministerial decree that essentially revoked an earlier decree...