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Government to Closely Scrutinize Foreign Workers

Government Worried that Economic Crisis will Bring Flood of Foreigners Looking for Work.

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The Department of Manpower and Transmigration (Depnakertrans) will tighten permission for foreign workers in anticipation of a coming wave of foreigners traveling to Indonesia, seeking work during the current economic crisis.

The Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, Erman Suparno, told Bisnis Indonesia that closer scrutiny of foreign workers is a necessity to preserve local job opportunities, particularly in management positions.

Erman told the press that Indonesia has always kept a watchful eye over foreign workers via coordination between the Department of Trade, the Investment Coordinating Board and the Department of Industry. He also reminded that all foreign workers in Indonesia must obtain a working permit from his department before commencing any employment.

The Minister said that foreigner can only hold "non-strategic" positions while they train Indonesians to eventually assume those posts. Meanwhile, strategic positions must always be held by Indonesians.

Data from the Department of Manpower through the end of 2008 show 85,453 registered foreign workers in Indonesia, an increase of 11.4% over the totals recorded in 2007.

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