Myanmar allows maids to be sent to Hong Kong

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household helperThe Myanmar government has allowed a Hong Kong agency to recruit Burmese people to work as domestic helpers in the city. The Golden Mind Employment Agency became the world’s first agency to be given permission to recruit domestic workers in the former pariah state, the South China Morning Post reported.

The agency hopes the move will help overcome a shortage of such workers from the Philippines, while Myanmar hopes it will reduce its unemployment and illegal emigration woes.

A Myanmar government spokesman said Hong Kong was seen as “reliable” because it had rules and regulations in place that would protect domestic helpers’ rights.”[The move] will also help reduce the unemployment rate in Myanmar, as well as illegal migration of workers to neighbouring countries,” he said.

The agency has been given a quota to bring in 200 people in the first batch. Sixty of them will arrive at around the end of January. All in all, the agency plans to bring in 1,000 Burmese helpers in 2014.Thousands of them are already working as helpers in Singapore. But they arrived on visitor visas and switched to working visas rather than going through a formal arrangement with the government in Naypyidaw.

Hong Kong’s monthly minimum wage for helpers is HK$4,010, around $518.

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The Myanmar government has allowed a Hong Kong agency to recruit Burmese people to work as domestic helpers in the city. The Golden Mind Employment Agency became the world’s first agency to be given permission to recruit domestic workers in the former pariah state, the South China Morning Post reported.

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household helperThe Myanmar government has allowed a Hong Kong agency to recruit Burmese people to work as domestic helpers in the city. The Golden Mind Employment Agency became the world’s first agency to be given permission to recruit domestic workers in the former pariah state, the South China Morning Post reported.

The agency hopes the move will help overcome a shortage of such workers from the Philippines, while Myanmar hopes it will reduce its unemployment and illegal emigration woes.

A Myanmar government spokesman said Hong Kong was seen as “reliable” because it had rules and regulations in place that would protect domestic helpers’ rights.”[The move] will also help reduce the unemployment rate in Myanmar, as well as illegal migration of workers to neighbouring countries,” he said.

The agency has been given a quota to bring in 200 people in the first batch. Sixty of them will arrive at around the end of January. All in all, the agency plans to bring in 1,000 Burmese helpers in 2014.Thousands of them are already working as helpers in Singapore. But they arrived on visitor visas and switched to working visas rather than going through a formal arrangement with the government in Naypyidaw.

Hong Kong’s monthly minimum wage for helpers is HK$4,010, around $518.

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