The Embassy of Indonesia repatriated another 58 Indonesian nationals, who have invalid residence permits, on 11 November.
Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait Tatang Budie stated that this programme is a policy from the Government of Indonesia to repatriate all Indonesian overstayers around the world, and the Government of Indonesia pays all the expenses of all Indonesian overstayers repatriation, and following their arrival in Indonesia they will be empowered with training, and also will be given financial assistance to begin a venture in the entrepreneurship sector.
According to the data from Kuwait Immigration in 2015, there are 8,887 Indonesians in Kuwait where 5,499 among them are domestic workers, and the rest are professional and formal workers and their families. The Indonesian overstayers in Kuwait are estimated to be less than 1,000. By the end of next year, it is expected that there will be no more Indonesian overstayers in Kuwait.
Meanwhile, the number of people residing in the Embassy’s shelter has decreased significantly in the year 2015, since the Embassy has taken the necessary steps to take care of all Indonesians in Kuwait, and is working closely with the relevant authorities in Kuwait. It is worth noting that prior to the implementation of the policy to halt the sending of domestic workers to Kuwait in 2009, there were so many cases of abuse involving Indonesian workers, and the Embassy sheltered around 1,000 workers who were victims in these abuse cases.