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4k Filipino helpers arrived last month, highest in 2 years

14 May 2022

By The SUN


If quarantine rules are eased, more migrant workers will be able to enter HK, recruiters say

Employment agency operators are calling for home quarantine for foreign domestic workers coming into Hong Kong, or if that is not feasible, for their hotel quarantine to be cut to just three or four days.

The call came after Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong said in a blog post that the lifting of the flight ban on the Philippines on April 1 had led to a total of 4,005 Filipino workers to arrive in Hong Kong last month.

This was the biggest number of FDW arrivals from the Philippines since the Covid-19 pandemic prompted tighter border controls two years ago, said Law.


An additional 2,188 FDWs arrived from Indonesia at the same time, also another post-pandemic record.

Law said frequent flight suspensions also cut the number of people flying in from Indonesia at the same time.

Despite the surge in arrivals, the labour chief said 16,000 other FDWs with employment visas remain stuck in their home countries.

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From a peak of more than 400,000 in 2019, the total number of FDWs had plummeted to 328,000 at the end of March this year.

That went up slightly to 332,000 by the end of last month, and Law said he hoped the rise in the number of FDHs would continue.

He noted that with fewer FDWs coming in, many working residents had to give up their jobs to stay at home and look after young children or elderly family members.


“If the number of foreign domestic helpers can be increased, more labour force can be released to return to the market,” Law wrote in his blog.

This prompted employment agency operators for an easing of the quarantine requirements for incoming FDWs, including allowing them to quarantine at the home of their employer.

Thomas Chan, head of the Hong Kong Union of Employment Agencies, said the easing of the coronavirus situation in the Philippines and Indonesia is shown by the fact that no flights from either country was suspended last month.


The so-called “circuit breaker mechanism” is triggered when an incoming flight carries a certain number of infected passengers into Hong Kong. Currently, the threshold is five passengers on each flight testing positive on arrival.

Due to limited quarantine hotel rooms, he said it would take another three months before all the stranded workers are able to come in.

Chan suggested the government allow home quarantine, or if this is not possible, to shorten the quarantine period for helpers from seven days to four days.

He is also asking that some of the makeshift quarantine facilities most of which are now vacant, to be set aside for occupancy by FDWs, at minimal cost to employers.

Chan said industry members expect between 5,000 to 6,000 more migrant workers to arrive this month and next, if no more flight suspensions are meted for flights coming from the Philippines and Indonesia, and the quarantine rules are eased further.

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