202 migrant workers deported from Malaysia arrive at Kualanamu Airport

202 migrant workers deported from Malaysia arrive at Kualanamu Airport

A number of Indonesian migrant workers from Medan, North Sumatra were deported from Malaysia on October 26, 2020. Doc. ANTARA PHOTO/Agus Setiawan/pras.

The hundreds of Indonesian migrant workers hail from North Sumatra and Aceh Provinces
Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) - Nearly 202 illegal Indonesian migrant workers deported from Malaysia arrived at Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Saturday.

The deported migrant workers were flown from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kualanamu Airport by Air Asia AK-395 flight, Kualanamu Airport's. acting branch manager of communication and legal affairs Fajri Ramdhani said.

He said the deportees comprised 155 men, 43 women and three children under five.

Upon arrival at the airport, officers of the airport's health office checked the health of each deported migrant worker, he said.

"The hundreds of Indonesian migrant workers hail from North Sumatra and Aceh Provinces," he said.

On October 10, 2020, Malaysia also deported nearly 500 illegal Indonesian migrant workers. They were flown back home on chartered AirAsia flights originating from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 2, in Sepang, Selangor,.

The migrant workers were flown back in three groups. The first group of 150 people were flown to Surabaya on an AirAsia AK7356 flight, the second batch of 150 people left for Jakarta on AirAsia’s AK0388 aircraft and the third batch of 200 people took the Medan-bound AirAsia AK0395 flight.

The migrant workers were deported to Indonesia after serving out their jail terms at the Pekan Nenas Depo (immigration detention house) in the Malaysian state of Johor Bahru and the Langkap Depo in the Malaysian state of Perak.

“The 500 deported migrant workers are among 4,774 migrant workers (lodged at depos). So, we still have a lot of things to do since the number of those at depos will likely increase and many Indonesian citizens will serve out their jail terms. Normally, they (illegal migrants) will be sent to depos as part of preparations for deportation," coordinator for consular functions at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Rijal Al Huda, said last month.

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