To commemorate the International Migrants Day, the ILO in collaboration with Migrant Care will organize a one-day public dialogue entitled “The Reflection of International Migrants Day 2009”. The public dialogue will be divided into two sessions. The first session will highlight major problems between Indonesia as the sending country and Malaysia as one of the main destination country for Indonesian migrant workers.
The second session will examine ways to provide better protection to the Indonesian migrant workers through the amendment of Act 39/2004. This session will be live broadcast by SmartFM Network, a national radio network, in nine provinces.
International Migrants Day 2009 marks a collaborative effort by the main national stakeholders and the ILO to promote basic human rights and labour protection of migrant workers. The public dialogue aims to foster greater understanding of the human cost of exploitation of migrant workers, problems faced by Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia as the main destination country and ways in which Indonesia can ensure effective protection of Indonesian migrant workers through a better legal enforcement throughout the migration process, starting from recruitment and training in Indonesia, during job placement abroad, and when returning to Indonesia.