MIGRATION & DEVELOPMENT 

 

Sri Lanka has experienced varying forms and intensity of migration in post-independence decades.  At present, over one million Sri Lankan citizens are estimated to have migrated for foreign employment. Over the years, the government has facilitated labour migration to ease employment and foreign exchange shortfalls in the country with the relaxation of regulations on travel and foreign exchange convertibility to facilitate overseas work and remittances. The government is hoping to raise remittances by changing the skill mix of migrants and the composition of country destinations. The challenge is to identify and promote foreign employment that is both beneficial to the workers as well as the country.

 

 

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Migration & Gender Outcomes: Analysis of Selected Policies in Sri Lanka

This paper aims to analyze the influence of different rules, regulations and policies in Sri Lanka on migration, in their efforts to and implications in integrating gender perspectives to migration issues. 

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Recruitment of Temporary Migrant Workers & the Evolving Role of Sub-Agents in Sri Lanka

Thisprojectaimsto carryoutanexplanatorypilot studyoftherecruitment processof migrantstotheoccupationof Female Domestic Workers intheGulf Cooperation Council countries

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Low-Skilled Labour Migration - Value Chain Analysis of Migration Cost

Securing foreign employment involves numerous costs mainly to the migrant worker and to a lesser extent to other stakeholders such as employers, recruitment agents and the sending and receiving governments.

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Implementation of a Readmission Agreement with the European Commission

The European Commission (EC) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) signed a readmission agreement (RA) in 2005. Its implementation has thus far not taken place due to various operational and political reasons that so far have postponed the creation of the Joint Readmission Committee and the finalization of bilateral readmission Protocols with member countries.  [ Read More »]

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International Migration Outlook Sri Lanka, 2008

Having recognized the importance of international migration for Sri Lanka, this report was initiated with the objective of preparing a comprehensive analysis of the current trends, patterns and changes in migration related sectors such as labour migration, permanent migration, student migration, irregular migration, and tourism for the recent years.  [Read More »]

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A Migration Profile for Sri Lanka

Migration can be identified as the movement of people from their roots to other surroundings, whether inside or outside the country.  [Read More »]

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Movement of Natural Persons

 

The study consists of an overview of the existing commitments on Mode 4 in the GATS schedules and an analysis of proposals, both general and sectoral, for the negotiation of further commitments relating to the movement of persons.  [Read More »]

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Different Approaches to Migration and its Impacts: A Sri Lankan Perspective

Sri Lanka has been experiencing a steady growth in remittance inflows over the last three decades. With an estimated one million temporary workers abroad – many of whom remain as unskilled female labour – remittances have come to account for nearly 8 per cent of GDP, providing an important flow of income for poorer households.   [Read More » ]  

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International Migration Outlook Sri Lanka, 2008

Having recognized the importance of international migration for Sri Lanka, this report was initiated with the objective of preparing a comprehensive analysis of the current trends, patterns and changes in migration related sectors such as labour migration, permanent migration, student migration, irregular migration, and tourism for the recent years. [Read More » ]

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A Migration Profile for Sri Lanka

Migration can be identified as the movement of people from their roots to other surroundings, whether inside or outside the country.  [Read More » ]

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Protecting the Welfare of Children and its Causal Effect on Limiting Mother's Labour Migration

In June 2013 Sri Lanka introduced a new policy - the Family Background Report (FBR) to restrict mothers migrating for domestic work.

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Sri Lankan Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?

Females heading to the Middle East as domestic workers are an important component of labour migrants from Sri Lanka.

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Different Approaches to Migration and its Impacts: A Sri Lankan Perspective

Sri Lanka has been experiencing a steady growth in remittance inflows over the last three decades. With an estimated one million temporary workers abroad – many of whom remain as unskilled female labour – remittances have come to account for nearly 8 per cent of GDP, providing an important flow of income for poorer households. [Read More » ]

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Does Remittances Alter Saving and Borrowing Behavior of Family Left Behind?

Migration is an important component of the Sri Lankan economy. Despite its potential, the country’s migration often results in unsustainable socio-economic progress of migrants and their households.

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Returning Home: Experiences & Challenges

The Experience of Returnee Migrant Workers of Sri Lanka

With a long history of labour migration and with contract migration being a feature of out-migration in the country, reintegration of return migrants is a national concern for Sri Lanka.

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A Migration Profile for Sri Lanka

Migration can be identified as the movement of people from their roots to other surroundings, whether inside or outside the country. 

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Different Approaches to Migration and its Impacts: A Sri Lankan Perspective

Sri Lanka has been experiencing a steady growth in remittance inflows over the last three decades. With an estimated one million temporary workers abroad – many of whom remain as unskilled female labour – remittances have come to account for nearly 8 per cent of GDP, providing an important flow of income for poorer households. [Read More » ]

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Profile of Urban and Rural Population in Sri Lanka: Alternative Estimates

 

Based on this alternative definition for urban areas developed by Bilesha Weeraratne, the proposed study aims to develop the separate profiles of urban and rural populations in terms of individual and household level characteristics. 

 

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Re-Defining Urban Areas in Sri Lanka 

Theexisting official urban populationestimateinSriLankafailstoreflectthetruelevel ofurbanizationduetotheinappropriatedefinitionadopted.

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An Alternative Definition for Urban Sector in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a middle income economy with a visibly high rate of urbanization.

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Future of Labour Migration in Sri Lanka

 

At the National Symposium of Labour and Employment
Organized by the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations
Colombo, Sri Lanka
November 4, 2016
Bilesha Weeraratne 

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Remittances and Gender

At Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group Meeting on “Remittances
Bangkok, Thailand
July 21, 2016

Bilesha Weeraratne

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Migration, Remittances and Development Nexus in Sri Lanka

International Conference on ?Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia?, jointly organized by IPS and FES at the Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo
4 – 5th May, 2009

Nisha Arunatilake

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International Conference on Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia?, jointly organized by IPS and FES

Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo
4 – 5th May, 2009

Nisha Arunatilake  

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International Conference on Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia“Migration, Remittances and Development Nexus in Afghanistan”

jointly organized by IPS and FES
Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo
4 – 5th May, 2009

Tilani Jayawardhana, Roshini Jayaweera

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Sri Lankans on the Move: International Conference on Migration\' organized by NSF

Colombo, Sri Lanka,
23rd January 2013

Roshini Jayaweera

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Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?

At the Conference on South Asian Economic Development: The Way Forward 
Organized by the South Asian University
New Delhi. April 9, 2015
Bilesha Weeraratne 

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Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?

Presentation at the New York State Economic Association Annual Conference, USA
Organized by the New York State Economic Association
New York, USA
October 11, 2014
Bilesha Weeraratne 

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Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?

Conference on Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka,
Organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
IPS Auditorium
August 14, 2014

Bilesha Weeraratne

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Migration and Remittances: Recent Sri Lanka Experience 

organized by the World Bank,
Hilton, Colombo,
13th June 2011

Nisha Arunatilake

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“Technical Workshop on Cross-Border Labour Mobility and Remittances in South Asia”,

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Current and Future Trends on Migration in Sri Lanka – Importance of Data and Research 

organized by ILO, Colombo
10th September 2011

Nisha Arunatilake

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Workshop on "Towards a Better Governance of Labour Migration: Global Trends and National Realities",

Nisha Arunatilake

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Returning Home: Experiences & Challenges

The Experience of Returnee Migrant Workers of Sri Lanka
Conference on Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka
Organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
IPS Auditorium
August 14, 2014

Research Team: Suwendrani Jayaratne, Nipuni Perera, Neluka Gunasekara and Nisha Arunatilake

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Social Mobility:Experiences and Lessons from Asia
Seoul
Korea
24 – 25 November 2014

Nisha Arunatilake

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International conference on “Migration, Health and Development”

Dhaka, Bangladesh
30 – 31st March 2010

Roshini Jayaweera

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Lowering the Cost of Migration

At the Pre-GFMD Consultation Workshop
Organized by ILO, Sri Lanka
Colombo
December 2, 2016
Bilesha Weeraratne

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Low-Skilled Labour Migration - Value Chain Analysis of Migration Cost

At Workshop on Measuring Migration Costs For the Low-Skilled
Organized by KNOMAD, the World Bank
Washington DC, USA
November 16-17, 2015
Bilesha Weeraratne

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Labour Migration and Development: Perspectives from Sri Lanka

At the International Conference on Jobs for Development: Challenges and Solutions
Organized by the India Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and World Bank
New Delhi, India
December 2, 2014
Bilesha Weeraratne

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Launch of Migration Profile 2011

Colombo, Sri Lanka,
7th March 2013

Roshini Jayaweera

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Joint Migration and Development Initiative(JMDI) : National Event in Sri Lanka on ‘Giving back what we learned, moving ahead’ 

Colombo, Sri Lanka,
13th December 2011

Roshini Jayaweera

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Educational Opportunities for the Poor: A case of Sri Lanka 

‘Addressing Inequalities: Policies for Inclusive Development’ organized by the Inter-Regional Inequality Facility, held at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
July 2005

Ganga Tilakaratna 

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Educational Opportunities for the Poor: Assessing Spatial Disparities

workshop on SACEPS Studies on Deepening Integration, Poverty Study and Social Charter, funded by South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS)
Kathmandu , Nepal
2006

Ganga Tilakaratna 

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Coastal Tourism and Urbanization in Sri Lanka

At the second IORA Blue Economy Dialogue on ‘Sectoral Cooperation in Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean Region
Organized by Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
New Delhi, India
November 5, 2016
Bilesha Weeraratne 

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Impact of Migration and Remittances on Social Mobility in Sri Lanka 

Nisha Arunatilake

2015

 

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Sri Lankan Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East:Does Recruitment through an Agent minimize vulnerability?

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Bilesha Weeraratne

September 2014

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Returning Home: Experiences & Challenges

The Experience of Returnee Migrant Workers of Sri Lanka

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Suwendrani Jayaratne
Nipuni Perera
Neluka Gunasekera
Nisha Arunatilake

September 2014 

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Labour Migration in Sri Lanka Select Annotated Bibliography

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Dilmani Warnasuriya
Premila Gamage

August 2014 

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 A Migration Profile for Sri Lanka 

 

 

 

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Roshini Jayaweera, Nethmini Perera, Chandana Karunaratne, Nisha Arunatilake, Dushni Weerakoon  

 

 March 2013 

 

 

 

 

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Managed Migration: Review of Readmission Agreements and a Case Study from Sri Lanka

 

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Chandana Karunaratne
Ashani Abeysekera  
June 2012 
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International Migration Outlook Sri Lanka 2008  

 

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Tilani Jayawardhana and Ruwan Jayathilaka   October 2009 

 

 

 

 

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Kelegama, S and Weeraratne, B. (2016). Migration and Economic Remittances: Impact on Development, in Routledge Handbook on Immigration and Refugee Studies edited by Triandafyllidou,  A.  Routledge. 

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Saman KelegamaBilesha Weeraratne  

2016

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 Migration Remittances and Development in South Asia ( P/ C)

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Saman Kelegama

   2011

 

 

 

 

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Weeraratne, B. (2016). Protecting the Welfare of Children and its Causal Effect on Limiting Mother's Labour Migration, in International Migration, vol 54. No 5.

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Bilesha Weeraratne        

   2016

 

 

 

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Weeraratne, B. (2014).  Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East : Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability ? Published under the Labour Economic Working Paper Series No.18 of Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

 

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Bilesha Weeraratne        

   2016

 

 

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 Re-Defining Urban Areas in Sri Lanka      

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Bilesha Weeraratne        

   2016