Au pair center to open in Oslo

By Macel Ingles, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Dec 12 2012 03:00 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2012 11:00 PM

 Filipino au pairs Tiffanie Maye Siasico and Lorie Jane Andong welcomed the establishment of a new au pair center in Oslo as announced at the Norwegian Directorate for Immigration (UDI) information meeting last December 6.

OSLO - The Norwegian Directorate for Immigration (UDI) announced that a new au pair center will be established in Oslo to serve the needs of au pairs coming to Norway to work and their host families.

The announcement was made at an information meeting organized by the UDI in Oslo last December 6.

According to Hannah Maria Krange, Section head of the Managed Migration Department of the UDI, the center will be established by Norske Folkehjelp (Norwegian People's Aid) in partnership with the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE).

"(The center) will have a cafe where (the au pairs) can meet up, talk together, ask for information and also to get advices if they they have a problem."

The center will also be offering courses on conflict resolution, women's rights and general information on Norwegian society and culture.

The center will have 2 staff, a manager and a lawyer that will be in charge of the running of the facility located at the Keysersgate 15 in Oslo.

Although the center will serve au pairs from different nationalities, most of the expected users of the centers will be au pairs from the Philippines who comprise 80% of those granted au pair visa permits in Norway.

Filipina au pairs, Tiffanie Maye Siasico and Lorie Jane Andong, both 26 years old, welcomed the opening of the au pair center in Oslo.

"Magandang way yan para sa new au pairs na galing sa Pinas na wala pang kakilala, wala pang pamilya, it is a good place para ma-gather at ma-feel nila na parang Pinas pa rin," Andong said.

For her part, Siasico said the center would be beneficial to au pairs like her, "especially sa mga naabuso and for those who want to know more about the regulations for the au pair."

Latest figures from the UDI show that of the total number of 2119 au pair visas granted by the Directorate from January to December 1, 2012, 1747 were given to Filipinos.