The International Labor Organization (ILO) is encouraging the Indonesian government to make optimum use of bilateral and multilateral agreements to better protect its migrant workers abroad.
Relatives have lost contact for years with seven workers in the Middle East, the Indonesian migrant workers union (SBMI) of West Java said.
Executive director of Migrant CARE Anis Hidayah said there were 420 Indonesian workers abroad who were facing the death penalty.
Indonesia received US$7.2 billion from around 6.5 million migrant workers overseas in 2012, the World Bank said in a recent report.
Labor watchdogs say limited access to information on the rights and protection of migrant workers is one of the reasons behind the rampant exploitation and marginalization that workers face.
The Malaysian government deported 285 illegal Indonesian migrant workers and three children via Sri Bintan Pura International Seaport, Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands, on Friday.
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