Landmark HK ruling on foreign maids overturnedBy AP News Mar 28, 2012 11:31AM UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — A landmark ruling that would have let foreign maids gain permanent residency in Hong Kong has been overturned on appeal. It is the latest twist for a case that has divided the city.
A three-member panel of High Court judges on Wednesday overturned a September lower court ruling that allowed a Filipino maid to apply to settle permanently in the southern Chinese city after living here at least seven years.
They rejected arguments by the maid’s lawyers that an immigration provision barring domestic workers from permanent residency was unconstitutional.
Some argue the provision amounts to ethnic discrimination. But others fear an influx of relatives of maids would strain the city’s resources and social services.