Category: Sri Lanka

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No More Boat People: Australian border official

Subsequent to the introduction of a new initiative, no Sri Lankan boat carrying undocumented persons have reached Australia, says Major General Andrew Bottrell, Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB), the military- led border security initiative of the Australian Government. During his visit to Sri Lanka last week, OSB Commander in his single English language interview […]

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Depressed and Anxious: The mental cost of being left behind

New research on the mental health of family members of migrant workers ‘left behind’ in Sri Lanka has shown the high prevalence of Common Mental Disorders (CMD) in spouses and non-spouse caregivers, reflecting the flagging mental health among these two categories of people as a direct result of the economic choices made by family members.

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Wage competition among SAARC nations harming migrant workers

In early June, Nepali authorities announced that they would not issue work permits to outbound workers if employers did not bear the cost for visa and air ticket. The Ministry of Labor and Employment (MoLE) maintained that the provision was meant to prevent economic exploitation of workers in the name of recruitment fee and eventually […]

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New trends, old concerns

Migration management is in the spotlight; 1.8 million Sri Lankans are currently working abroad, vast majority, women; “Action Plan” on the return and reintegration of migrant workers; Bilateral agreement ensures a standard contract. With a boom in the construction industry in the Middle East since 2012, Sri Lanka appears to have changed its migration trend- […]

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Migrants are not criminals: UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants

In an exclusive interview, Francois Crépeau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and a Professor at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, Montréal, where he holds the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, noted with concern that there had been a trend among ethnic minorities of taking […]

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UN: Sri Lanka should protect migrants from abuse

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 […]

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