Indonesian Consul for Immigration presents migration policy paper during the 5th SES Conference

Mr. Agus Majid, the consul for immigration of the Indonesian Consulate based in Davao City, presented a paper analyzing the impact of neo-liberalism on migration policy during the 5th Social Ethics Society Conference held at Pearl Farm Resort in Samal Island, Davao.

In his paper, he mentioned that "government intervention in regulating people movement is important" in today's age of the mass movement of peoples. This will require, according to him, understanding "new welfare and labor market systems." As such, he said that the challenge of governments these days is "to manage markets, not to strive vainly to shut it down," citing an article from The Economist.

When asked about the concerns of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS), Consul Majid said that "immigration policy should be multilateral rather than unilateral," and that governments must have a holistic framework, instead of having a "purely economic or rationalist approach" in terms of policy making, citing that migrant workers also have human rights.

The participation of Consul Majid and Mr. Wahyu Candra Irawan, also of the Indonesian Consulate, was made possible through Dr. Sherlito Sable, the dean of the College of Business and Governance at the University of Southeastern Philippines.

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