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Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

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.

Quality of work is beside the point in right of abode for domestic helpers

I am afraid David Law ('Law barring foreign helpers from being granted permanent residency is unjust', August 15) has completely missed the point.

Thursday, 18 August, 2011, 12:00am

Don't pressure the court over helpers, minister says

Hong Kong's justice minister has issued an impassioned plea for cool heads as division in the community grows over an upcoming legal battle between the government and domestic helpers in their bid for the right to permanent residency.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cutting working hours the next step

The doom and gloom scenarios employers painted about the introduction of a minimum wage for Hong Kong have not come to pass. Three months after they were forced by law to pay workers at least HK$28 an hour, the economy remains buoyant - despite recent volatility on the stock market - and the jobless rate unchanged.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Whose side is Civic Party on, Liberals ask

The Liberal Party is ratcheting up its challenge to the Civic Party over its stance on foreign domestic helpers' rights to permanent residency.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Reason has been cast out in the debate over maids' rights

None of the players in the 'right of abode for domestic helpers' drama has acquitted themselves well so far, and some have been downright dangerous. It is a time for sober reflection rather than incendiary statements.

8 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Costly right of abode for helpers

Giving right of abode to domestic helpers would indeed carry a high price tag.

Those who believe it won't are living in denial. I had a domestic helper who went to work in Canada and now her entire family of more than eight people are citizens there, thanks to her.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cross-border neighbours deserve a warm welcome

As a member of the Basic Law Committee, I can only stay silent on the judicial reviews sought by Filipino domestic helpers on the right of abode issue and on whether another interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution may be necessary.

But I am free to comment on another side of the issue: that is, why are we discriminating against our own people?

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wild talk over abode rights for maids reveals our prejudice

The judicial reviews sought by a group of Filipinos fighting to lift the current residency restriction on foreign domestic helpers are stoking widespread fear of a grave social impact if they should succeed. Foreign domestic helpers are now perceived as an underlying threat to social stability and cast as hostile outsiders.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

DAB scare tactics ring false alarm

It is unnerving to think this, but there seems to be a link between the blind hatred of outsiders and their cultures exhibited by the massacre in Norway and the drumbeat of fear being played in Hong Kong by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and its attendant 'leftist' media over the prospect that some more brown people might get permanent residence.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Grant helpers residency like spouses

I have lived in Hong Kong as the wife of a local for 26 years.

For 19 of those years I have had permanent residency, purely by dint of marriage. Although I do work, I could just as easily have chosen not to.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am