Migrant Labor Sri Lanka

The illegal send-off

Incidents of human smuggling in Sri Lanka took a new dimension, with the detection of three women who attempted to leave the country disguised as members of the Salvation Army. The culprit behind the scam is allegedly an unscrupulous labour recruitment sub agent, who is still at large. The three women, from Nuwara Eliya and […]

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Migrant Labor Sri Lanka

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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Migrant Labor Nepal

Difficult days for Nepali migrant workers in Middle East

The Shiite-Sunni conflict and diminishing petro-earnings will affect two millions Nepali workers in the Middle East. The Middle East is once again in limelight due to the simmering diplomatic tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the constantly falling price of fossil fuel. While the world watches these major developments, Nepal needs to be vigilant […]

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Migrant Labor Sri Lanka

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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