More domestic workers needed, but do more to protect their rights

Domestic workers make up nearly 20 per cent of all migrant workers in the Asean region. The vast majority of those, 83 per cent, are women. ST FILE PHOTO
Domestic workers make up nearly 20 per cent of all migrant workers in the Asean region. The vast majority of those, 83 per cent, are women. ST FILE PHOTO

Asia is on track to become one of the oldest regions in the world in the next few decades.

According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the number of older persons in Asia-Pacific is expected to increase from an estimated 548 million this year, to nearly 1.3 billion by 2050. By then, one in four people in the region is expected to be over 60 years old.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2019, with the headline 'More domestic workers needed, but do more to protect their rights'. Subscribe