Study on the recruitment and placement of migrant fishers from Indonesia: an ILO working paper

This study is based on research was commissioned to address one of the key concerns of the Indonesian Government and stakeholders: the protection of Indonesian migrant fishers. Under the Indonesian Medium-Term Development Plan 2015–2019, a recruitment and placement system that protects migrant workers, particularly for those with skills in areas with market demand, is to be prioritized.

This study is based on a qualitative methodology, including a desk-based literature review and primary data collection through interviews in Jakarta with key informants. Researchers collected qualitative data to assess the existing recruitment and placement practices, regulatory regimes and enforcement mechanisms. Based on these findings, the report sets out recommendations regarding the changes in law and practices needed to promote fair recruitment of migrant fishers in line with