Legislators remind the government to tighten the migrant flows to Papua


Illustration of passengers flows into Papua. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator elected from Saireri customary area Yonas Nusi advises the provincial and regional (municipal) authorities to tighten the migrant flows into Papua following the eid al-fitr break.

“It’s often occurred that after religious occasion people come to Papua in many ways, by sea or air. But what I worried about is they come without any clear purpose. Thus it can cause negative impacts. On the other hand, it becomes a burden for the government and people of Papua,” said Nusi on Thursday (28/06/2018).

He also thinks the government needs to anticipate this migrant flows could be an entry of radicalism to Papua which would potentially break the tolerance and harmonious interfaith among communities.

He further hopes both regional and municipal government offices of population and demography to conduct the migrant raids regularly.

Another legislator Emus Gwijangge also has a similar opinion. He said the influx of people into Papua so far is very easy. As a consequence, it has a significant impact on indigenous Papuans.

“Many people come to Papua without any clear purpose. Moreover, the rapid flow of population into Papua has marginalised the indigenous Papuans,” said Gwijangge. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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