May 22, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Labour Migration

Far-sighted approach to migrant rights

The Indonesian government is much more interested in its own citizens abroad than Filipino migrant workers under its nose

Roadside medicine men

Bootleg medicine sales are part of Indonesia’s healthcare infrastructure

Multiplier effects on the Bombana goldfields

Benefits ripple outwards but local government struggles to regulate the process

A room of one’s own

Mobile libraries and writers clubs reveal a rich reading and writing culture among Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong

In sickness and in wealth

Village morality complicates our assumptions about what it means to ‘succeed’ as a migrant worker

Bridging the divide after conflict

A recent visit to Ambon shows that trade is helping to bridge the divide in a religiously segregated society

Back with a vengeance

Former migrant workers are finding new empowerment in the bureaucratic jungle of legal aid

Wasted talent

Returned migrant workers have much to offer, but have trouble achieving recognition for the skills they’ve developed abroad

Costly inducements

Pocket money given to intending migrant domestic workers comes at a price

Passports optional

Indonesian migrant workers without visas - or sometimes even passports - rely on the help of middlemen to get past immigration checkpoints into East Malaysia

A matter of luck

Migrant domestic workers aspire to more than their home communities can offer and are willing to take risks to change their lives

American dreams

Undocumented Indonesian migrant labourers - known locally as kuli dollar - work long hours in difficult conditions in search of prosperity in Philadelphia

Token gestures

Despite recent government negotiations, Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia remain disempowered

Oppressed and they know it

Indonesian fishers in Taiwan are beginning to fight back

Leaving Indonesia

As this edition shows, the choices faced by those who leave Indonesia for work are anything but simple

Learning to lead

Against the odds, Indonesian domestic workers have achieved real change in Hong Kong

Rulers in their own country?

Special autonomy and Papuan aspirations have been thwarted by Jakarta and hampered by the administrative fragmentation sponsored by local politicians

Tangguh goes onstream

BP’s massive LNG project is due to begin operations in late 2008, despite social and environmental costs

Brothers in arms

Papuan footballers score goals against HIV.

Inventing Papua

Migrants from South Sulawesi have played an important role in manufacturing a Papuan identity

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