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Justice for Migrant Workers? The Case of Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and Singapore <sup>1</sup>

Daniel A. Bell and Nicola Piper

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199277621.003.0009
Justice for Migrant Workers? The Case of Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and Singapore 							1

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The trend in Western liberal democracies is to extend to long-term residents most, if not all, the legal rights of citizens and improving their access to citizenship for immigrants and their descendants. The situation is different in developed East Asian societies, where the most migrant workers work under short-term contracts without the possibility of becoming equal members of the political community. It is argued that the special circumstances in East Asian societies may justify arrangements for differential rights. The practice of hiring foreign domestic workers ‘fits’ better with the Confucian cultural heritage in East Asia; there are cultural particularities underpinning the system in East Asia which may not be shared elsewhere.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Singapore; foreign domestic workers; migrant workers; minority rights; labour migration; citizens’ rights; Confucian cultural heritage

Chapter.  13603 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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