Number of Foreign Domestic Workers repatriated back to their home countries before finishing a two-year contract

Parliamentary Question, 4 March 2020

Ms Anthea Ong asked the Minister for Manpower in each year of the last three years (a) how many foreign domestic workers have been repatriated back to their home countries before finishing a two-year contract; (b) what are the top three reasons for their repatriation; and © how many of those repatriated are hired by an employer in Singapore within six months of their repatriation.

Mrs Josephine Teo: Over the past three years, about 20% of foreign domestic workers (FDWs), or 49,000 FDWs, in Singapore return home without completing their contract each year. Of these FDWs, about 20% return to Singapore to work as an FDW within six months.

The common reasons for FDWs to return to their home countries before the end of contract include: (i) family exigencies back home; (ii) employer found the FDW not suitable for the household; and (iii) FDW did not wish to continue working in Singapore.

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