Norway bids ‘adieu’ to ‘au pair’ system

New Labour Minister Hadia Tajik is keen to scrap the country’s long-criticized “au pair” system, on the grounds it exploits young people from abroad who work in Norwegian homes. The government has now proposed phasing out the system entirely, and seems likely to win majority support in the Norwegian Parliament. The au pair system is […]

Au pair abusers can be banned

Among new laws and regulations taking effect in Norway from July 1st is a measure aimed at protecting au pair from exploitation and abuse. Families found to have used their au pair merely as overworked and underpaid domestic help, for example, can be banned from ever taking in au pair again. News bureau NTB reported this […]

UDI allows justice minister’s au pair

UPDATED: Norway’s immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) announced Tuesday that it was reversing its decision last month that an au pair from the Philippines had illegally moved into the home of Justice Minister Jøran Kallmyr. The decision had prompted her to fly home to the Philippines, but now she’s now been cleared to be an au […]

Justice minister had an illegal au pair

News broke in Oslo late Wednesday afternoon that presented an ultimate irony: An au pair living in the home of Norway’s new justice minister from the conservative Progress Party, which champions restrictive immigration law, was sent back to the Philippines after immigration agency UDI claimed she’d been working illegally for the minister’s family since August of last […]

Au pair case heads for Supreme Court

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has agreed to hear an appeal filed by a wealthy Oslo businessman and his wife, who’ve been convicted of violating Norway’s au pair program. The violations resulted in alleged exploitation of young women from the Philippines, who came to Norway under what’s supposed to be a cultural exchange program but ended up […]

Tougher au pair rules proposed

Norway’s justice ministry is moving forward with an attempted crackdown on Norwegian host families who exploit au pairs, mostly young women who come to Norway for what’s supposed to be a cultural exchange. Many wind up as little more than low-paid household help, and the government is also extending more funding to help both them […]

Disputed au pair program to continue

The Norwegian government has secured a majority in Parliament for its intention to maintain the country’s disputed au pair program. The program has resulted in many young women from the Philippines working as low-paid domestic servants in Norway, instead of functioning as the cultural exchange it was intended to be, and that’s made it a target of strong criticism. Despite […]

Labour joins calls for ‘au pair’ reform

Several of Norway’s political parties are keen to scrap or dramatically alter the country’s current au pair system, following its repeated abuse. Now the deputy leader of Norway’s largest party, Labour, describes how it’s geared to go along with their calls, and that may create a majority in Parliament. Hadia Tajik, who once served as a minister […]

Au pair scandal yields jail terms

The Oslo City Court has sentenced a wealthy Norwegian investor and his wife to five months in prison each, in a case that has highlighted abuse of Norway’s au pair program. It’s supposed to serve as a cultural exchange for young people from abroad but the couple, aided by two neighbours, was found guilty of fraudulently and illegally using two young women from the Philippines […]

Families probed for exploiting au pair

Norway’s state immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) is evaluating whether as many as 45 Norwegian families should be prohibited from having the mostly young foreign women called au pair in their homes, because of the families’ alleged violations of the au pair program. State officials believe the families take on au pair as a source of cheap domestic labour instead […]