ANNOUNCEMENT 04 May 2015
In May 2015, the government of Indonesia announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Press release from the Ministry of Manpower (in Bahasa Indonesia):
On 4 May 2015, the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower announced a ban on Indonesian nationals from working as domestic workers in 21 Middle Eastern and African countries. The ban comes after a number of human rights violations of Indonesian housemaids in the Middle East.
Back in February of 2015, the Indonesian president announced the upcoming ban saying "the practice (...) must stop immediately" and Indonesians "should have pride and dignity".
The ban came into force on the day of its announcement.
On 31 May 2018, the head of the Migrant Worker Protection and Placement Agency reported that Indonesia is considering revoking the migration ban and allowing annually 30,000 workers to travel to the Middle East.