Report on National Survey on Foreign Workers in Indonesia 2009 - Bank Sentral Republik Indonesia
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September 29, 2020

Purpose of the Survey

Remittances from Foreign Workers working in Indonesia to their countries of origin (outflow) constitutes a very important item in the Indonesia’s Balance Of Payment which is found in the sub-group of Current Transfer, in the Current Account. Bank Indonesia (BI) calculates the value of the remittance outflows by multiplying a certain percentage of the Foreign Workers’ salary by the number of Foreign Workers.

To obtain the stock data of Foreign Workers, BI engages in a cooperation with the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, specifically the Directorate Of Foreign Workers Control and Utilization (Directorate General Manpower Placement Development), while the information about the percentage of salary remitted by Foreign Workers is obtained through a survey. Such a survey was last done by BI in the year 2004.

The 2009 survey of Foreign Workers was done in several provinces which were considered as the pockets of Foreign Workers, namely DKI Jakarta, Banten, West Java, East Java, Riau/Kepri, Bali and East Kalimantan. Further, through this survey we hope to:

  1. Get a complete picture of the presence and profile of Foreign Workers in Indonesia, including, among others, the gender, age, education, location, years of service, position, country of origin and the motivation/reason for working in Indonesia.
  2. Obtain the latest data/information regarding the average salary and the utilization (spending) of salary including the mechanism and pattern of remittances of the Foreign Workers, to improve the calculation of estimates of the values of Foreign Workers’ remittances (WR outflow).
  3. Gain input for the formulation of policies of BI, the government and other related institutions.


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