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Social Security Agency Opens Arms to Foreign Workers and International Organizations

As the number of foreign workers in the country continues to grow, Indonesia’s social security administration agency for employment, known as BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, now says its coverage will no longer be limited to Indonesians.

Agus Susanto, BPJS Ketenagakerjaan President Director, said there were over 60,000 foreign workers in Indonesia as of last December, comprising mostly Chinese, Malaysian and Japanese nationals.

By April, 26,000 foreign workers were covered by BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, but just 28 embassies enrolled in the agency’s social security program.

“All workers in Indonesia, including foreigners, should be protected by the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan program, so they can work in peace,” said the president director in a statement on Thursday (02/06).

The statement was released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clear the air about BPJS Ketenagakerjaan’s policy on foreign workers and international organizations.

“Signing up for the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan program is mandatory for foreigners who have been working in Indonesia for at least 6 months,” said Evi Afiatin, BPJS Ketenagakerjaan Director of Services and Compliance, adding that the rule is mandated by the country’s law on social security.

According to data obtained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most of the embassies who have registered for the program only have one or two of their staff signed up to the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan social security program.

There are 104 foreign embassies in Indonesia, but only 28 have registered with the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan.

Source: The Jakarta Globe