Abode changes threaten status quo

The proposed changes to the abode law for domestic workers in Hong Kong have not only intensified fears amongst Chinese locals, but also non-Chinese locals. Domestic workers have become embedded in Hong Kong society, as locals who work long hours rely on them to look after children and the elderly. The predominantly Filipino and Indonesian group are not entitled to earn the minimum wage and currently have a near-impossible route to gaining citizenship.

For other ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, making up approximately 5% of the population, this change could mean a negative change in the status quo. Local Indians for example, who came to Hong Kong during British rule, traditionally worked as police. More recently they are bound to jobs in security and delivery driving. If the abode law falls through, Filipinos, with their generally higher level of education, could push other local minorities into the bar and catering sectors, generally dominated by Filipinos. Due to language and cultural differences, it is difficult for non-Chinese locals to succeed in professions other than these.

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