Indonesia to send 2,686 workers to South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan

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JAKARTA: The National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers (BP2MI) will send 2,686 workers to South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan.

BP2MI chief Benny Rhamdani said 126 workers will be sent to Malaysia via West Kalimantan under a private-to-private labor placement scheme.

A total of 2,246 workers will be sent to South Korea through a government-to-government program while 314 will be sent to Taiwan, it said in a statement.

Indonesia benefits from remittances from migrant workers, dubbed “Remittance Heroes”, with average remittances from 2015 to 2019 reaching $9.8 billion annually.

Workers are offered loan programs without guarantors so they don’t sell assets or take out personal loans to use as working capital, Benny said.

Dedicated lounges are available at Soekarno Hatta International Airport here and will be extended to Medan this year. This will be followed by Semarang, Mataram, Surabaya and Denpasar in the near future.

A free medical clinic for the families of migrant workers will also be made available.

Plans for subsidized housing programs as well as relaxed customs regulations on the entry of goods on their return are also underway, Benny said.

BP2MI is a government agency responsible for implementing policies relating to the service and protection of Indonesian migrant workers in an integrated manner. – Bernama

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