Refugees Resettlement: A Review of Indonesian Laws and Practices

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Abstract

This study analyzes the legal aspects of resettlement in the context of Indonesian law. First, it discusses the laws related to the interaction between refugees and the Indonesian people. Second, this study discusses how Indonesia applies its national law in the treatment of refugees during their period of resettlement. Third, thisstudy offers a proposal onthe structuring of national policy in terms ofthe treatment of asylum seekers that have received refugee status as they await the process of resettlement. In accordance with these three notions, this study employs a judicial-normative approach to analyze the doctrines and requirements of international law as well as the concepts and opinions of scholars combined with rules within national laws about the refugeeresettlement procedure for a third-party state. By observing refugee camps in Jakarta, Medan, and Kupangin 2016,this paper concludes that national immigration law in Indonesia is heavily embedded within Law No. 6/2011 on immigration and the Directo rGenerals decision No. IMI-1489.UM.08.06 for 2010 with regard to the handling of illegal immigrants. Furthermore, this study argues for the need to implement regulatory measures on the capacity of Indonesian institutions in handling refugees so that more extensive coordination can be achieved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-220
JournalIndonesia Law Review
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Keywords

  • resettlement
  • asylum seekers
  • Indonesia
  • immigration
  • refugees

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