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Officials propose stricter foreign Au Pair legislation. Labour’s (Ap) Deputy leader Helga Pedersen and the government are planning to tighten rules on who can become an Au pair in Norway. In an effort to stop women being exploited as cheap labour, politicians propose those with children be banned from getting these jobs. An earlier article on The Foreigner has shown Norwegians regularly take advantage of Sweden’s high unemployment, paying Au Pairs who come in search of job as little as 25 kroner per hour. Norway currently has about 3000 Au Pairs; many are from the Philippines, a recent survey shows.

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Officials propose stricter foreign Au Pair legislation

Published on Friday, 23rd December, 2011 at 14:17 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Labour’s (Ap) Deputy leader Helga Pedersen and the government are planning to tighten rules on who can become an Au pair in Norway.

Basement playroom (illustration photo)
Basement playroom (illustration photo)
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In an effort to stop women being exploited as cheap labour, politicians propose those with children be banned from getting these jobs.

An earlier article on The Foreigner has shown Norwegians regularly take advantage of Sweden’s high unemployment, paying Au Pairs who come in search of job as little as 25 kroner per hour. Norway currently has about 3000 Au Pairs; many are from the Philippines, a recent survey shows.

Whilst the government’s intentions may be good, however, the move has sparked opposition.

“Why should you block opportunities for people who want to experience the Norwegian culture? It would be better for us Au Pairs if we had equal rights,” 29-year-old Philippine Au Pair Vita Jane Decatoria, who does not have children, tells NRK.

Lene Løvdal from JURK, a legal advice project for women, also disagrees with the government’s proposal. Claiming the new rules breach “rights to a family life and privacy”, she declares, “You should both be able to have children and be entitled to travel, not least support them and go on cultural exchanges. What we risk is people will now go underground, with worse rights for mothers and children.”

Labour’s Helga Pedersen MP maintains, “I think there are very few young women who travel abroad for cultural exchanges with a newborn baby. Therefore, I don’t believe this [proposal] is unreasonable discrimination. On the contrary, it is an important measure to prevent women being exploited.”

Norway’s Ministry of Justice want the new rules to come into force as soon as possible. They will be enforced by the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) if passed.



Published on Friday, 23rd December, 2011 at 14:17 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: foreignaupairs, norwayaupairrules.





  
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