LOCAL ECONOMY IN THE NUNUKAN-MALAYSIA BORDER AREA
The economic activities of local communities in border areas have several unique features that distinguish them from other regions. Economic transactions or trade across national borders occur in such a way. On the other hand, the concept and administration of national borders also have implications for viewing economic activities across these national borders. The implication is that economic activities and the necessities of life of the people around the border areas become relatively complex. This research aims to understand and explain this economic phenomenon by taking Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan, as the research context. This study uses qualitative methods with auto ethnography as the primary approach. Data were collected through observation, interaction, natural conversation, and in-depth interviews and complemented by a literature review. The results of this study indicate that cross-border trade is significant and occurs based on kinship and ethnic relations long-term relationship thus forming strong social networks and forming border economic integration. The economic interdependence relationship between the people of Nunukan Regency and Malaysians has driven local economic growth in Nunukan Regency as a border area.
Local economy, Border region, Auto Ethnography, Nunukan