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18 Feb, 2015

Indonesia to stop sending maids to UAE, Arab countries | GulfNews.com

Dubai: The Indonesian Embassy confirmed that the country has stopped sending domestic workers to the UAE and all other Arab countries. The announcement came after the newly elected president of Indonesia, which has approximately 90,000 expatriates, many of whom work as housemaids, in the UAE, vowed to stop sending housemaids abroad.

The practice is deemed contrary to the country’s “self-esteem and dignity.”

At a National Congress meeting on February 14, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that he has directed the labour department to come up with a plan to ensure that there will be no more Indonesians working as housemaids in foreign countries.

“I have asked the Manpower Minister to set a target and formulate a clear road map, to ensure that we stop sending domestic workers abroad. We should have some self-esteem and dignity,” Antara News quoted Widodo as saying.

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