Aug 17, 2019 Last Updated 5:27 AM, Aug 7, 2019

Labour Migration

Wasted talent

Wasted talent

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

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Passports optional

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
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A matter of luck

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
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American dreams

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

Token gestures
Despite recent government negotiations, Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia remain disempowered
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Leaving Indonesia

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

Learning to lead
Against the odds, Indonesian domestic workers have achieved real change in Hong Kong
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Rulers in their own country?

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

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Tangguh goes onstream

Tangguh goes onstream

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

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Inventing Papua

Inventing Papua

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

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Competing Papuan identities

Aug 07, 2019 - PETRUS K FARNEUBUN

Jayapura, West Papua / Alex Drainville @Flickr Creative Commons

A battle is looming between an emboldened pro-independence movement and Papuans who are pro-Indonesia

Alternative tourism in Bali

Jul 22, 2019 - HANNAH SUTTON

Student volunteers and the local community collected rubbish and turned it into an ogoh-ogoh for local Balinese festivities. Source/ Sea Communities

Community programs in northern Bali are aiming to avoid negative impacts of tourism so evident in the south

Untreated trauma in Nduga

Jul 01, 2019 - HIPOLITUS YOLISANDRY RINGGI WANGGE

A teacher formerly posted in Nduga, holds her infant while instructing the children in the emergency school / Sorang Saragih

The plight of Papua’s internally displaced persons is not being recognised by the Indonesian government

The waste emergency

Jun 11, 2019 - ROLF HAJEK

 / Instagram @nickpumphreyphoto

Government, producers and the public must all cooperate to tackle Indonesia’s waste problems

Bogus redemption

Jun 02, 2019 - MUHTAR HABIBI

Charlie Hartanto / Flickr

Mudik forms a bogus redemption for many precarious workers amid a lack of decent jobs in both rural and urban areas

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