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Malaysia to Deport 70,000 Illegal Indonesian Migrant Workers: Source

Jakarta Globe - 9 December 2014 - Some 70,000 illegal migrant workers from Indonesia are to be deported from Malaysia by the end of the year, according to a source within the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration.

Some 70,000 illegal migrant workers from Indonesia are to be deported from Malaysia by the end of the year, according to a source within the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration.

The figure, provided to the Jakarta Globe by a ministry official who was not authorized to speak with media, is significantly higher than the number announced by Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia on Sunday.

Indonesian diplomat Hermono said the Malaysian government was moving ahead with the deportation of about 50,000 Indonesians working in Malaysia without the correct permit. The deportations would be carried out in stages and finish by Dec. 31, Hermono said.

However, on Tuesday the unnamed official told the Globe the initial figure provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was incorrect.

“We’re conducting a coordination meeting about it,” the official said. “Around 70,000 migrant workers will be deported.”

He continued, “It was the Foreign Affairs Ministry who gave the [50,000] figure, not the Indonesian manpower attache for Malaysia. The data was not correct.”

Each year about 700,000 documented Indonesian workers travel abroad to work, according to the International Labor Organization. The UN agency estimates the number of undocumented migrants to be two to four times higher.

Malaysia, along with Saudi Arabia, is the most common destination for Indonesian migrant workers.

Hermono on Sunday called on the Malaysian government to be fair when implementing migrant worker policies, questioning why it was always the workers who were to blame. Based on data collected by the Indonesian embassy in Malaysia, only 400 employers of illegal workers have been sanctioned or detained, Hermono said, compared to tens of thousands of workers.

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