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Indonesian Government Told to Stop Sending Unskilled Workers Abroad

On November 21, 2009

A group of Indonesian civil society organisations has urged their government to stop sending unskilled workers abroad because they are too vulnerable to abuses by their employers according to this story in The Jakarta Post. Most Indonesian migrants go to the Gulf states or Malaysia for work.

Low-skilled migrant do not have enough knowledge about their rights to be deployed overseas, Pranoto Iskandar, Founder of the Institue for Migrant Rights. Their lack of skills and awareness means that migrant workers are frequently abused, leading to cases of physical abuse and in some cases, death, he said.

The Indonesian government imposed a ban on its nationals working in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait earlier this month as a result of endemic human rights absuses (See Migrant Rights story here)