Indonesians working abroad continue to represent a significant contribution of foreign exchange to the national economy.
Within that group, expatriate Indonesians are a source of increasingly valuable U.S. dollars for the Bali economy via remittances back home.
Among the segment of exptariate Balinese working abroad are an estimated 12,500 Balinese aboard foreign cruise ships.
The chairman of the Indonesian Seaman’s Union (KPI), I Dewa Nyoman Budiasa, estimates that Balinese send home an estimated US$12.5 million dollars adding to the foreign exchange revenue of the island.
Budiasa explained that the typical Balinese sailor will send home money to his family each month, creating a multiplying effect in additional spending in the home village of the sailor.
Budiasa estimates that Balinese sailors, working overtime on ships for extra pay, are earning between US$1,000 – US$3,000 each month, depending on the position held.
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