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RP lifts ban on Aupair bound to Denmark

Filipino Aupairs

The Philippines has officially lifted the ban on the deployment of Filipino au pairs bound for Denmark. The news was relayed by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs to the Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Norway which has jurisdiction over Denmark. The information was also conveyed to the Danish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the Bureau of Immigration in Manila. The lifting of the ban came after long months of negotiations between the government of Denmark and various agencies of the Philippines including DOLE/POEA, the DFA and the Bureau of Immigration.
The Danish Ministry of Immigration had agreed to include in the contract, stipulations requested by the Philippine Government, intended to provide additional protection for the au pairs. These are the inclusion of a repatriation clause in the contract clearly stating that the cost of the repatriation of an au pair in case of serious injury or death will be borne by the host family or an insurance agency, and the requirement of additional insurance (medical/health/accident) in case the au pair gets sick or meets with an accident.
On its part, the Philippine government has instituted certain internal procedures meant to prevent human trafficking and provide a pre-departure orientatino seminar for au pairs in order to orient them about the new culture and environment awaiting them in Denmark.
In the past, conflicts between au pairs & host families had been attributed to a lack of understanding by the au pairs of the true meaning of the program and his/her role, rights and responsibilities. The Seminar is intended to address this gap.
The guidelines and procedures in the implementation of this new policy could be found in the headline section of the Embassy website.
Please note that host families who choose to transact business with au pair agencies should do so on their own responsibility. The Embassy and the Philippine government has not authorized any agency to recruit au pairs in its behalf.
In 2009, the Philippine Embassy in Oslo initiated the process of having the ban lifted by approaching the Ministry of Immigration of Denmark, which had indicated readiness to bridge the differing policies of the two governments on the au pair issue. Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs spearheaded the move to lift the ban, in consultation and coordination with the DOLE and POEA and the Bureau of Immigration.

Source: Philippine Embassy in Oslo.

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  1. avatar Edith Marie Rosenmeier says

    Dear Babaylan Denmark,
    It is very interesting to hear, that the Philippines officially have lifted the aupair ban to Denmark. Thanks for the information about orientation seminar in the Philippines au pairs in order to orient them about the new culture and environment awaiting them in Denmark. As a researcher in cultural exchange in Denmark for au pairs, I found it informative to read about what has officially been thought of as causing conflicts in Denmark for au pairs and host families in Denmark ie. lack of understanding by the au pairs of the meening of the au pair program. A new dimension of experiences of au pairs in the future, who have been on seminars should be dealt with in practise during the research of the au pairs in Denmark.

  2. avatar Ana says

    @Edith thank you for your interest in this aupair system especially with regards to the Filipino au pairs which comprises 80 % of au pairs in Denmark. We do hope that now the ban has been lifted that the future au pairs are more aware of their rights and he true meaning aupairs and of course the host families should also learn to uphold the rules and use the au pair in its true meaning not as a source of cheap labor.

  3. avatar Edith Marie Rosenmeier says

    Dear Ana,
    Thank you for your informative comment. It will be interesting to find out about how filipino au pairs and the host families in the future will respond to the au pair system as carried out in Denmark. Your writing about au pairs as a source of cheap labor could come up as new questions in questionnaires to au pairs about how it is in real life to be an au pair in Denmark.