Sunday, November 15, 2009

Exit in Indonesiaville

This large, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, archipelago nation has ejected all sorts of non-Indonesians this week - everyone from international Greenpeace deforestation activists "violating their tourist visas", to Sri Lankans of dubious refugee status, to Australian-bound, Afghan migrants using the country as a halfway point. As the Taiwan News also points out, "Indonesia has become a major transit point for people fleeing countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka."

And as economic, social, and environmental problems worsen worldwide, we can expect to see more frequent migrations of impoverished peoples to perceived lands of opportunity.

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