Social Affairs Minister Prepares Facility Assessment for Repatriated Migrant Workers

Friday, 02-July-2021 19:47

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has ensured that the Indonesian Government, through the Ministry of Social Affairs, has taken a series of systematic steps in repatriating Problematic Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMIB) from Malaysia.

A total of 276 out of 7,200 Indonesian migrant workers abroad have been repatriated in two batches, comprising of 145 people on June 24, 2021 and 131 people on June 27, 2021.

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said the Ministry of Social Affairs ensured that their return followed strict health protocols. This includes taking PCR tests upon arrival and before returning home during the 5-day quarantine period at Wisma Pademangan, Jakarta.

"We are also conducting an initial assessment to map the problems and needs and livelihoods of PMIBs while in Malaysia, and their desire to work in Indonesia," said the Minister of Social Affairs in Jakarta, on Friday (07/02/2021).

In Malaysia, the Indonesian migrant workers engage in various professions. These include construction workers, factory workers, duck breeders, plantation workers, forest reforestation officers, chicken farmers, and household assistants (ART). There are also those that haven't worked at all.

"The Ministry of Social Affairs also inputted them in the population data recording process by the Directorate General of Dukcapil. If a transit place is needed, it is available at the Bambu Apus Protection House and Trauma Center (RPTC) and Mulya Jaya Center before returning to their respective areas," the Minister of Social Affairs added.

On a separate occasion, Director General of Social Rehabilitation Harry Hikmat said the effort is a form of synergy between the Ministry of Social Affairs, through the Social Rehabilitation Center and RPTC, with the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture, the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency (BP2MI), the Ministry of Health, the Directorate General of Civil Registration, and local government agencies.

"This is proof that the synergy of all parties is going well. Communication and action measures from each party mutually reinforce each other," said Harry when appearing as a resource person at the Coordinating Meeting for the Evaluation of the Handling of Repatriation of PMIBs from Malaysia, recently.

As directed by the Minister of Social Affairs, 41 social rehabilitation centers belonging to the Ministry of Social Affairs throughout Indonesia, which are multifunctional, are ready to assist the repatriation process, social rehabilitation and empowerment of PMIBs together with the Manpower Service and the local Industry Service.

"The point is how PMIB can return to the family. This is the effort of many parties so that they can return and be accepted by their families. We also need to give understanding to the family that repatriation is the best option," he said.

Social reintegration efforts carried out by the Ministry of Social Affairs include conducting comprehensive assessments by social workers from the Social Services Centers and Offices, tracing for those who are hampered by handovers to their families, assistance and facilitation of PMIB civil rights and health insurance (PBI) as well as access to job opportunities and access to empowerment in a comprehensive manner. economy.

The results of a comprehensive assessment will determine whether PMIB can get social rehabilitation services in the family, in the community (Social Welfare Institutions) or at the centers. With the integration of services, PMIB can be provided with economic empowerment provisions.

"The role of the Regional Government is very much needed to ensure PMIB gets access to job opportunities, as has been conveyed in the letter of the Minister of Social Affairs to the Governor and Regent/Mayor of PMIB's home region," he said.

With this empowerment effort, PMIB can fill the ATENSI Creative Center (SKA) which was developed by the Ministry of Social Affairs as a center for entrepreneurship and vocational development as well as media for promoting the work of beneficiaries in one area.

"So these migrant workers are productive human resources, they have skills that can be developed based on the results of the mapping. So don't hesitate to make sure if they have the skills to participate in filling the ATENSI Creative Center with their work, both in the form of food and handicrafts," said Harry

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