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Registered Foreign Workers in Bali on the Rise.

20% Increase in Foreign Workers Reported in Bali's Badung Regency.

(5/18/2008) BisnisBali reports that the number of foreign workers holding "legal" work permits has increased +20.12% in the past year with 854 registered foreigners now holding on the books of the Manpower office for the Badung Regency.

Of that total, 409 foreign workers are employed in the hotel sector, dominated by Japanese (185), followed by the U.K. (64), Dutch (61), U.S.A. (58) and Germans (50).

The latest figures announced by the Badung Manpower Department prompted the Chairman of Badung Tourism Union, Putu Satyawira Marhaendra, to call on the government to be more diligent verifying the competency of foreigners given permission to work in Indonesia and closely follow laws passed in 2003 intended to reduce the Nationís dependence on foreign workers.

The latest numbers on foreign workers recorded do not represent the large pool of undocumented foreign workers in Bali, estimated to number in the thousands.