Monthly Archives: March 2015

UN: Sri Lanka should protect migrants from abuse

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With nearly 2 million of its citizens working abroad and their remittances providing the island’s largest single source of foreign exchange, the protection of Sri Lankan migrants is an urgent issue, according to the U.N..

Abuse of workers abroad and reports about the mistreatment of migrants captured by Australian authorities at sea mean there is a spotlight on the Sri Lankan government’s new “action plan” for dealing with returning and reintegrating migrants. Continue reading

Zero cost migration, really?

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Nepal and Qatar agree an overseas contract worker shouldn’t have to pay any fees to recruiters. Where have we heard that before?

During his four-day visit to Nepal this week, Qatar’s labour minister Abdullah Bin Saleh Mubarak Al-Khulaifi said migrant workers shouldn’t have to pay anything to go to work in the gas-rich kingdom that has nearly half-a-million Nepali workers. Continue reading