Indonesian migrant workers

Protecting Indonesian migrant workers, with special reference to private agencies and complaints procedures

The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower (DEPNAKER) expressed interest in ILO assistance in the elaboration of a more protection-oriented strategy regarding the country's citizens working abroad.

In the headlong rush for growth - growth in the number of Indonesian migrant workers, growth in the savings they remit and growth in the economy - the protection of these workers and their family members became a secondary consideration of little operational consequence. The Indonesian State neglected its primary function to protect its citizens. The era of "reformasi" opens up the opportunity for redressing the balance.