How to find the population of Indonesia
Indonesian officials are hoping the country’s population will be kept under control as the country prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its independence from Malaysia.
A statement from the Indonesian Ministry of Health said the government will announce the population projections this week.
The ministry said there are 5.5 million Indonesians living overseas.
It said that number would drop to 4.8 million as the population is projected to grow to 9 million.
The government also said that as of May 10, the number of Indonesians who have been displaced due to war and natural disasters would reach 15.3 million.
In its statement, the ministry said that more than 1,400 families have been relocated and the government has been coordinating with local authorities to ensure the safety of residents.
It said that some 1,300 Indonesian nationals have been detained by Malaysian authorities for their alleged involvement in the September 17, 2010 attack on a rally in Jakarta that left at least 16 people dead.
The Indonesian government also released a statement Wednesday saying it had signed an agreement with the Malaysian government to relocate families from the country.
The release of the statement came as Malaysia announced plans to repatriate up to 1,000 families from Malaysia, saying it is cooperating with Indonesian authorities to relocate them to its island of Borneo.