HONG KONG: THE MOST ATTRACTIVE DESTINATION FOR FILIPINO WOMEN MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKERS

Dr. Naima Tabassum, Huma Tabassum, Tabassum Afzal

Abstract


The  paper  aims  to explore and analyze patterns of outward migratory flows of Filipino women to Hong Kong for working as domestic worker. The data is taken from the official records of The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration for the period from 2001 to 2009. The paper explored the patterns of global, regional and country wise flows of Filipino women migrant domestic workers. The  East  Asian region seems to be the second most attractive region for these women  domestic  workers.  But Hong Kong appears to be the most attractive destination  for  them  on  global  and  country  wise  analysis.  Hong  Kong receives  an  incomparable  number of the women domestic workers from the Philippines  (i.e. 86.5%)  than  any  other  country in East Asian region during the  period  studied.  The  Filipino  women moving to Hong Kong comprises 21% to 48% of the  tota l Filipino women  migrant  domestic  workers  leaving country  to  move  all  around  the  world. They make 6.8% of total Filipino labor migrants, 11% of total Filipino  women  labor migrants, 30% of total Filipino migrant domestic workers, and 31.4% of total Filipino women migrant domestic workers. In terms of the Filipino domestic workers moving to Hong Kong, these women comprise 98% of total Filipino migrant domestic workers of both gender moved to Hong Kong and 99.75% of the total Filipino women labor  migrant heading to Hong Kong during the period of study. The ata analysis shows that Hong Kong is the most attractive destination for Filipino women migrant domestic workers around the world.

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