Indonesians in South Korea

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Indonesians in South Korea numbered 41,599 individuals as of 2013, according to South Korean government statistics.[1] More than 90% of those are estimated to be migrant workers employed on short-term contracts. The South Korean government extended the validity of Indonesians' working permits from three years to five years, and has modified the recruitment process in order to improve working conditions. Indonesian workers in South Korea are paid an average of US$1,000/month.[2]

The Indonesian government signed its first Memorandum of Understanding with the South Korean government about the provision of labourers to South Korea in 2004, after having signed similar agreements with Jordan, Kuwait, and Malaysia.[3] Indonesia's official news agency ANTARA claimed there were 600,000 illegal Indonesian workers in South Korea as of 2006, making up almost 87% of the estimated 692,000 illegal Indonesian workers worldwide.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "체류외국인 국적별 현황", 《2009년도 출입국통계연보》, South Korea: Ministry of Justice, 2009, p. 262, retrieved 2011-03-21 
  2. ^ Tarmizi, Hendarsyah (2007-07-27). "President to help migrant workers". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Indonesia, Korea to sign MoU on migrant workers". Asia Times Online. 2004-06-05. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  4. ^ "692,000 Illegal Indonesian Migrant Workers Employed In 19 Countries". ANTARA. 2006-01-21. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
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