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Friday 26 December 2008 (28 Dhul Hijjah 1429)
Over 23,600 Indonesian workers deported this year
Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia deported 23,644 Indonesian migrant workers, mostly
maids, in 2008. Most of these workers entered the Kingdom on Umrah visas and
overstayed, said senior Indonesian officials.
"The total number of Indonesian workers deported this year will be a
little more than the figure of 23,644 given by the Indonesian Consulate in
Jeddah," said Indonesian Embassy spokesman Arif Suyoko.
"In fact, the total number of deported workers from Saudi Arabia as a
whole can be higher if we include Riyadh immigration also," said Suyoko, who
was commenting on a report compiled and released by Indonesian Consul General
"Most overstayers were repatriated or sent back to Indonesia from
Jeddah," said Adi Dzulfuat, an Indonesian labor official. He, however, could
not say how many workers were deported from the Riyadh area.
Deportation in such huge numbers cause a lot of problems to Indonesia in
terms of employment, especially at this time of global financial crisis. The
island state is facing the brunt of a global recession.
According to a report, more than 23,000 workers in Indonesia face
redundancies this month due to the fallout of the global recession. It is
predicted that the layoffs will increase next year because of the deepening
impact of recession. A total 17,000 Indonesian workers have already lost their
The Saudi National Committee for Recruitment (NCR) recently called on the
government to stop issuing visas to Indonesian workers after the Indonesian
Labor Federation called on recruitment agencies in the island state to ignore
new Saudi labor regulations.
Jakarta has not positively responded to the Unified Labor Contract
regulations, which seek to unify rules to bring domestic workers to the Kingdom
and protect the rights of Saudi employers and expatriate workers. The
regulations, which have been postponed for the time being, were issued recently
with the approval of the Ministry of Interior.
On the other hand, the Indonesian government has been more concerned
about the treatment meted out to Indonesian women-estimated at 650,000-working
in the Kingdom.
Of all labor exporting countries, Indonesia sends the highest number of
women to work in Saudi Arabia.