By Vinsensius Shianto

The Jakarta Post-June 11

Thomas Vargas, the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Indonesia, recently announced that he is in negotiations with the government to allow refugees to work temporarily in our country.

This initiative was prompted by low resettlement opportunity and limited aid budget for refugees.  This initiative is not actually new in our region. In September 2016, employment for refugees was discussed by the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime. Australia and Indonesia are the co-chairs of Bali Process. In March 2017, Malaysia also launched a pilot scheme to employ 300 Rohingya refugees in their plantation and manufacturing sector.

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First published in: The Jakarta Post