Indonesian Migrant Workers Reported to be Joining IS

Indonesian Migrant Workers Reported to be Joining IS
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Head of the National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers warns several countries, including Taiwan, to be highly alert since some workers have already been reported to be part of the Islamic State (IS).

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Translated and compiled by Yuan-ling Liang

Nusron Wahid, head of Indonesia’s Bureau for the Placement and Protection of Foreign Workers, tells the press that some migrant workers have been instigated by foreign radical organizations, possibly the Islamic State (IS),and countries including Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong should keep highly alerted. Middle East Asian countries should also keep an eye on foreign laborers as lots of Indonesian workers are joining extremist groups and being “brainwashed” by IS.

Wahid added recently that they found two migrant workers in Korea participating in IS, and some of the workers in Hong Kong have been seen wearing accessories that symbolize IS. The bureau will therefore perform closer observation on the East Asian countries, including Taiwan.

The Labor Ministry’s Workforce Development Agency Director General Liu Chu-chun states that the migrant workers employed are all required to provide a “Police Criminal Record Certificate” to prove their innocence during their stay in local countries. Additionally, these workers are all consulted and visited by the ambassadors to validate their identity. Employers, local authorities and agencies also take responsibility in arranging the employees’ daily life; therefore, people do not need to be excessively panicked.

According to statistics from the International Migration Outlook, in 2012, about 20% of Indonesian migrant workers were sent to Taiwan, while Hong Kong holds 10%. Japan and Korea have 0.5% and 3% of the Indonesian migrant labors respectively.

Edited by Olivia Yang

Sources:
Focus Taiwan
NTDTV
Liberty Times
Liberty Times
International Labour Organization
KeepPeek: Foreign workers from selected Asian countries