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Indonesia to Require Foreign Workers to Pass Language Test


Indonesian officials say they will require foreigners who want to work in the country to pass a language proficiency test before giving them work permits.

Would-be workers will have to show competency in the national language, Bahasa Indonesia, although the degree of proficiency needed might vary depending on how much direct contact with Indonesians the job requires.

The officials did not give a starting date for the language requirement.

Indonesia is to open its doors to job seekers from other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next year under a regional free trade agreement.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.