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Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Foreign domestic workers make up around 3 per cent of the Hong Kong population. In 2013, there were some 320,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, of which 50 per cent were from the Philippines, 47 per cent from Indonesia, and the rest from Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Hong Kong law states that such workers must reside with their employers. Their wages are subject to a statutory minimum of HK$4,010 per month from September 30 last year. There have been several high-profile court cases in which domestic workers have alleged torture and abuse at the hands of their employers. According to a 2013 report by Amnesty International, Indonesian migrant domestic workers are at risk of serious human and labour rights violations in Hong Kong.

Expats rush in to escape Euro-woes

Europe's economic troubles are washing up on Hong Kong's shores in the form of a surge in migrants from the continent coming to the city to work.

Saturday, 28 July, 2012, 12:00am

Complaints about helper agencies rise

Complaints about agencies providing domestic helpers are on the increase, with employers feeling cheated when new staff never arrive, quit within days of starting or lack the necessary skills.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Filipino mother challenges refusal to extend her stay

Immigration chiefs have 'tolerated' a Filipino woman's presence in Hong Kong for the last five years but have refused to officially extend her stay despite her daughter being a permanent resident, a court heard.

Former domestic helper Milagros Tecson Comilang yesterday officially challenged the Immigration Department's repeated refusal to formally extend her stay in the city.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Court overturns maid abode ruling

Hong Kong's Court of Appeal yesterday overturned a landmark ruling that gave tens of thousands of domestic helpers the right to apply for permanent residency.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Home is where the work is

Cheung Chun-fai was totally opposed when his daughter first broached the idea of hiring a maid to help care for his Alzheimer's stricken wife, Wong Mui-ling.

'I found the idea of having a stranger in the house unnerving. I am strong, and I have no problem tending to her needs,' says the 78-year-old former taxi driver.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Official denies scare tactic claims on right of abode

The head of the Immigration Department yesterday dismissed suggestions that the government had resorted to scare tactics in its fight against pleas by domestic helpers to be allowed the right of abode in Hong Kong.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Domestic helpers home in on ruling

The number of foreign domestic helpers applying for right of abode went from an average of just one a month before September's landmark permanent residency ruling to more than 200 a month after it.

While this represents just a tiny fraction of the 125,000 helpers who have lived in Hong Kong for at least seven years, it is a significant rise.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Interest of locals must come first

I refer to the unrest over the domestic helpers' right of abode case.

Given the sensitive nature of the issue, I don't wish to comment on where I stand in the debate, but there are a few points I do wish to raise.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Unions to poll maids on HK ambitions

A coalition of foreign domestic helper unions is launching a survey to find out how many maids plan to stay in Hong Kong permanently.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Filipino couple take their residency fight to court

A Filipino couple fought in court yesterday for their right of abode, in the first case following the victory of a domestic helper last month.

The judicial review at the Court of First Instance was brought by Daniel and Irene Domingo, who have been living in Hong Kong for 26 and 29 years respectively, with three children born here.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am