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Indonesia, Korea to sign MoU on migrant workers

JAKARTA - Indonesia will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korea on the placement of Indonesian migrant workers in that country.

Speaking to the press before attending a working meeting with the House Commission VII on Wednesday, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Jacob Nuwawea said the director of the ministry's migrant workers protection and advocacy unit will leave for South Korea on Friday to discuss a draft MoU.

So far, Indonesia has signed migrant worker MoUs with Jordan, Kuwait and Malaysia.

Jacob said Indonesia was also making preparations for the signing of cooperation agreements with Syria, Qatar, Brunei and Taiwan on the placement of Indonesian migrant workers in those countries.

Indonesia sent a total of 1,069,406 migrant workers abroad in the past three years.

Nearly 75 percent of the migrant workers are employed in the non-formal sector and the rest in the formal sector.

Throughout the past three years, Indonesian migrant workers contributed US$5.49 billion (Rp51.9 trillion) to the Indonesian economy, accounting for 0.7 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

(Asia Pulse/Antara)

Jun 5, 2004


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