Labor party will close down the au pair scheme

The Labor Party's leader Jonas Gahr Støre and Hadia TajikThe Labour Party Leader, Jonas Gahr Støre, and Deputy, Hadia Tajik in the Norwegian Parliament. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Labor party wants to replace the current au pair scheme with a scheme which imposes stricter requirements on host families.

– I can confirm that the program in Labor party proposes to close down the current au pair scheme because it no longer works as intended, says deputy Hadia Tajik to VG.

Tajik believe that many years of abuse of au pairs speak as its apparent cause. The statement came a day after LO went out and claimed that the scheme has outlived its usefulness.

– We want to replace it with a new scheme, which sets clear requirements for tuition and host families undertake a cultural program, where the au pair scheme gives real cultural exchange.

The party is supported by the Left party (Venstre) and Christian Democrats (KrF).

– I fully agree with the Labor proposal that makes cultural element and au pair ‘rights more strengthened.

I have with great unrest seen any cases where au pairs have been misused and that it is increasingly the one which become a system for inexpensive maid.

I hope it is possible to tighten the system, if not I would recommend that it be wound up, says Christian Democrat spokesman Geir Bekkevold.


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Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today