450 Undocumented Indonesians Repatriated from Saudi

Fajar Nugraha    •    Rabu, 11 Nov 2015 23:22 WIB
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450 Undocumented Indonesians Repatriated from Saudi
Indonesian workers. (Photo: Foreign Ministry of Indonesia)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: The government once again repatriated 450 Overstayer Indonesian Citizens (WNI) dan Undocumented Indonesian Workers (WNIO/TKIU) from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The 450 Indonesians are estimated to arrive in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on November 11, 2015. The repatriation is to be divided in two flight groups, whereas 320 people using a special AirAsia Extra (IAAX) XT 2994, as 130 others in the second batch.

The repatriations are part of the WNIO/TKIU Repatriation Program 2015, established by the President in December 17, 2014, as accelerated since September 2015.

Upon arrival at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, the 450 Indonesians will be welcomed by the officials of the ministry and related institutions to receive educative directions for them not to repeat similar immigration violations they had conducted. Afterwards, all repatriated Indonesians will be handed over by the foreign ministry to BNP2TKI to be listed and facilitated for a safe transport home to their original regions.

"In their homeland, these Indonesians are to be participated in the Empowerment Program, in the form of entrepreneurship trainings provided by BNP2TKI," said the Director of Indonesian Citizens Protection and Legal Assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lalu Muhammaf Iqbal, in a written statement received by Metrotvnews.com, Wednesday (11/11/2015).

During the period of January to October 28, 2015, the foreign ministry along with other Indonesia's foreign representatives have successfully facilitated the repatriation of 87,785 Indonesians from 26 countries. The number is far from the repatriation target in 2015, as set by the Coordinating Ministry of Human and Cultural Development, as many as 50,000 people.

The number of WNIO/TKIU abroad, at the beginning of the repatriation program, was estimated to reach 1.8 million people. Their status abroad have increased their vulnerability on various problems which may occur, both legal or social issues.

The government will continue to push the repatriation of WNIO/TKIU in systematic stages. To ensure that these Indonesians may reintegrate socially into their respective origins, the government accompanied the repatriation program with the empowerment efforts through the BNP2TKI, Ministry of Social Affairs and the regional government.

The repatriation had utilized various financing schemes, among others the independent financing, destination country funding, or financing by the Indonesian government, especially for groups.


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