Preliminary Findings on Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka

25 January 2018
Ministry of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka

 

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, made a presentation on the preliminary findings of her ongoing study on Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka at the Ministry of Foreign Employment on 25 January 2018. The preliminary findings were presented to the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Employment (MFE), Gamini Seneviratne, other officials of the MFE, and donors.

The preliminary findings presented were based on a quantitative survey of 405 sub agents from 12 districts spanning all nine provinces in Sri Lanka, as well as qualitative data collected from 18 Focus Group Discussions with potential, current, and returnee migrant and their families, 18 Case Studies with Sub Agents, and 45 Key Informant Interviews with recruitment agents, development officers, officials of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, and civil society organization representatives.

The study aims to expand the understanding of the current situation of Sub-Agents, with the view to facilitate evidence based policy formulation on regulating Sub-Agents, in line with the Cabinet Paper (No: 03/2017; Reference No: MFE/DEV/6/7 (i)) issued in March 2017.

This study is Commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)  through the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Research is conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).