The stabilizing epidemic situation in Philippines and Indonesia, along with the adjustment of local immigration measures will ease the foreign domestic worker labor shortage, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-Kwong wrote in a blog post.
Law wrote on Sunday that Covid
-19 cases in Philippines have been on the decline since the end of January. With the resumption of flights from Philippines to Hong Kong since April 1, more than 4,000 foreign domestic helpers have arrived in Hong Kong, the highest monthly arrivals since the beginning of the epidemic.
The majority of flights from Indonesia in February and March were affected by Hong Kong’s circuit breaker measures. Only one flight was able to touch down in Hong Kong every sixteen days on average.
As the epidemic began to stabilize last month, allowing almost 2,200 Indonesian foreign domestic workers to arrive in Hong Kong, also the highest monthly arrival since Hong Kong’s first outbreak.
Law pointed out that the number of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong rose from 328,000 at the end of March to 332,000 at the end of April. Currently, 16,000 foreign domestic helpers are holding work visas and waiting to come to Hong Kong.