The ministry’s directorate general of immigration spokesperson Agung Sampurno said Sunday that during the Dec. 31 raid, officers netted 92 passports, but only 76 people were arrested. The rest managed to escape.
Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly confirmed that foreign workers entering Indonesia will continue to be monitored. Yasonna predicted that at least 70,000 foreign workers will enter Indonesia every year
The State New Agency Antara quotes Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla as defending the presence of foreign workers in the Country, saying expatriate workers pose no threat to employment opportunities for Indonesian nationals.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered that the requirements for foreigners working in Indonesia to master Indonesian and to hold a Temporary Stay Permit (KITAS) be scrapped.
Indonesia is already well known for its tough laws and regulations for working visas for foreigners looking to work in the country. Unfortunately, new rules are being put in place to make the rules even stricter. The changes were outlined in a recent article on their website by the Jakarta based consultancy Indosight.
Deptartment of Manpower and Transmigration (depnakertrans) of Bali, I Gusti Agung Sudarsana said foreign workers who work on the island is around 1,800 people.
A draft government regulation that will require foreigners to master the Indonesian language before they are able to obtain a work permit here has elicited incredulity and skepticism from members of the local expatriate community, who responded to the announcement with criticism.
If we are to believe the article at this address, starting March 2015, something is about to hit the fan full speed -and I doubt it will leave everyone happy. The Indonesian government, apparently responding to multiple loophole abuses which have been going on for decades in its immigration system, is planning to tighten its focus on foreign workers, partly via a new set of revisions to the requirement needed to obtain a work permit (IMTA via KITAS).