Sunday, April 20, 2014   

Court says foreign domestic helpers enter Hong Kong not for settlement
(03-25 10:39)

The Court of Final Appeal has dismissed an appeal by two Filipino helpers who were seeking permanent residency in Hong Kong.
It has also declined the government's request for it to refer the right of abode issue to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for clarification, saying the necessary conditions had not been met. The two Filipinos had lived in Hong Kong for more than 7 years and argued that they qualified to remain permanently, RTHK reports.
But the judges ruled that the nature of residence for foreign domestic helpers was highly restrictive, since they are obliged to return to their country of origin at the end of their contracts, and are told from the outset that admission to Hong Kong is not for the purpose of settlement.
"The foreign domestic helper is obliged to return to the country of origin at the end of the contract and is told from the outset that admission is not for the purposes of settlement and that dependants cannot be brought to reside in Hong Kong,'' the Court of Final Appeal said in a written judgement.
   
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