The number of deported PMI increased by 61 percent compared to 2,732 people in 2019.
An official at the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) in Pontianak Police Commissioner Erwin Rachmat said on Monday that the high deportation rate was due to the Covid-19 crisis, resulting in massive raids on undocumented PMIs.
Besides, Erwin said the repatriation of PMIs through the repatriation scheme has also increased by 143 percent from 161 people in 2019 to 374 people in 2020.
2. Indonesia Needs to Set Price Cap for Covid-19 Vaccine
The National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN) has recommended that the government should set a cap on the Covid-19 vaccine price for those who will undergo self-funded vaccination.
Based on the BPKN estimation, ideally, the maximum price for the Covid-19 vaccine is 100,000 rupiahs ($7.05), which is in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) standards.
Deputy Chairman of the Research and Development Commission at BPKN, Anna Maria Tri Anggraeni, said the recommendation has already been submitted to the Ministry of Health.
She said that an affordable vaccine price is needed in the fight against a pandemic.