New border entry curbs deepen maid shortage woes

Agencies and prospective employers struggling to cope

The bulk of Singapore's foreign domestic workers come from Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar, which the Manpower Ministry considers countries with higher risk of Covid-19. New entry approvals for work pass holders from these countries have been
The bulk of Singapore's foreign domestic workers come from Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar, which the Manpower Ministry considers countries with higher risk of Covid-19. New entry approvals for work pass holders from these countries have been halted. ST FILE PHOTO
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Already struggling with a shortage of foreign domestic workers because of the Covid-19 pandemic, employment agencies and prospective employers here have been dealt another blow by the latest restrictions on entry for work pass holders.

On May 7, the Manpower Ministry announced that all new entry approvals for work pass holders from countries with higher risk of Covid-19 will be halted.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2021, with the headline New border entry curbs deepen maid shortage woes. Subscribe