Resources and Policy Beliefs of the Ponorogo District's Social Work Research on Negotiating Migrant Community Needs


Ponorogo Regency is included in the top 5 regencies/cities that send the largest number of migrant workers in Indonesia and ranks first in East Java Province with a total of 10,043 Indonesian migrant workers. The high number of Indonesian migrant workers in Ponorogo Regency encourages all actors to play a role in dealing with the impacts. It is listed in the Ponorogo Regency of Regional People’s Representative Assembly Decree Number 188.4/01/2020 concerning the program for the establishment of the Ponorogo Regency Regional Regulation in 2020. This paper intends to analyze the usefulness of applying community research techniques to illuminate the nuanced requirements of immigrant com communities. Given the political interests of actors in the subsystem representing various stakeholders: Regent of Ponorogo Regency, DPRD of Ponorogo Regency, Religious Court of Ponorogo Regency, Manpower Office of Ponorogo Regency, LTSA of Ponorogo Regency, P4TKI, PPPMI, NGOs and PMI. This study aims to analyze the actors involved and the resources consisting of formal legal authorities to make decisions, public opinion, information, mobs, financial resources, and skilled leadership. This study uses a case study qualitative research method with data collection through interviews, observations, literature reviews, and data from public test results. The success of the actors in managing the trust of non-formal actors becomes the capital to convince the formal sector to be optimistic about meeting the needs of migrants. In Ponorogo social work, local community research may offer a more inclusive, community-based methodological strategy to migrant challenges. The context of policy belief and actor resource, determining success related to the ability to innovate, leadership, power, and determining the right steps are some of the recommendations from this research.

Keywords: negotiating, policy belief, resource, community, Indonesian migrant workers

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