Thursday, 3 September 2009

Migrant workers` remittances at US$9.9 bln per year

Serang (ANTARA News/Asia Pulse) - Some six million Indonesian migrant workers abroad are sending a total of about Rp100 trillion (US$9.9 billion) home a year, making them the country`s second largest foreign exchange earner after oil and gas, a manpower official said.

National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) head Jumhur Hidayat said on Monday migrant workers were doing a great service to their country because they helped to reduce unemployment, each of them was providing a living for an average of five family members, and having a "multiplier effect" on regional development.

He said the government should treat migrant workers with high respect, from the time they depart, while they were working abroad until they return home.

Business in Asia Today - Sept 2, 2009
published by Asia Pulse Source

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