Apr 03, 2020 Last Updated 5:13 AM, Mar 31, 2020

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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Counterfeit fashion is hot property

Mar 31, 2020 - ALICE SINCLAIR, DANIELE ANTONAGLIA & MAX EAGLES

A vendor sells counterfeit shoes based on designs from Nike and Adidas. Counterfeit footwear is among the most popular items amongst Gen Z Shoppers / Alice Sinclair

Indonesian youth are buying more fake fashion despite some awareness of its harmful impacts

Buried under the weight of a recycling crisis

Mar 31, 2020 - SHELLEY CHENG & GEMMA EDWARDS

A Bangun resident sorts plastic waste

When paper waste imports started began 20 years ago most Bangun residents sold their farms to work as waste collectors for paper mills. Now many are dependent on waste sorting

Photo essay: Jakarta's youth use trash to shape their futures

Mar 31, 2020 - ALEISHA MCLAREN & ALANA RILEY

Dido (17) cuts wine bottles into glasses before adding unique designs by using a sandblaster

The mentors and interns at Ffrash are empowering themselves within the waste economy and striving to better society

Moving toward a circular economy

Mar 30, 2020 - GRACE DESOE, MATHEW PERRY & YI PENG

Plastic waste on Jimbaran beach, Bali / Yi (Annie) Peng

The complexity of plastic waste in Indonesia

Book Review: The Tasman Map

Mar 27, 2020 - RON WITTON

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