On Monday, Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal denied two migrant domestic helpers the right to apply for permanent residency. The two year case echoed contentious immigration issues underpinned by tough moral dilemmas in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
Although Hong Kong allows professionals such as bankers, accountants and lawyers to apply for permanent residence after seven years, domestic helpers – mostly from impoverished Asian neighbors – are prevented from doing so under the terms of their visa, which stipulates that admission is not for the purposes of permanent settlement.
A couple of other interesting tidbits in the BBC article:
- Permanent residents in Hong Kong can vote.
- Hong Kong has a minimum wage for “Foreign Domestic Workers”.
Here’s the BBC piece: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21920811