Research

IPS research on Migration and Urbanization examines the twin challenges of identifying and promoting foreign employment that is both beneficial to the workers as well as the country; and planning for sustainable internal migration and urbanization.

Research
Presentations
2016

Presentation on “Integrating Migrant Workers into the Labour Market Statistics of Sri Lanka”, at a round table discussion at ILO, ILO Country Office, 6 May.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

Remittances and Gender
At Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group Meeting on “Remittances
Bangkok, Thailand
July 20 – 21, 2016
Bilesha Weeraratne

2015

Presentation on “Managing Migration: The Political Dynamics of Human Migration” at the “Sixth Asian Relations Conference: Non-Traditional Themes in Asian Foreign Policies”, organized by the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi, India, 23 and 24 March.
(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?” at the international conference on “South Asian Economic Development: The Way Forward”, organized by the Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi, India, 9 and 10 April.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

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

Presentation on “Low-skilled Labour Migration – Value Chain Analysis of Migration Cost” at stakeholder consultation for Value Chain project, IPS Conference Room, 08 December
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

2014

Presentation on “Reintegration of Returnee Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka” at the conference, “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”, IPS, 14 August.
(By: Suwendrani Jayaratne)

Presentation on “Impact of Migration and Remittances on Social Mobility in Sri Lanka” at the workshop on “Asian Approaches to Social Mobility Experience, Lessons and Opportunities for Cooperation”, Cinnamon Grand, 21 August.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

Presentation on “Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?” at the conference on “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”, IPS, 14 August.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

Presentation on “Accessing New Employment Markets Abroad” at International Conference on “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”, IPS, 14 August.
(By: Janaka Wijayasiri)

Presentations on “Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?” and “A Quasi-experiment on the Effect of E-learning on Students’ Mathematics Scores and Attitudes in Sri Lanka” at “New York State Economic Association – Annual Conference”, Albany, New York, USA, 11 October.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

Presentation on “Labour Migration and Development: Perspectives from Sri Lanka” at the conference on “Jobs for Development: Challenges and Solutions”, organized by ICRIER, New Delhi, India, 2 December.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

Presented a paper on “Migration and Social Mobility in Sri Lanka” at the workshop on “Social Mobility: Experiences and Lessons from Asia”, Seoul, Korea, 24 and 25 November.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

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

Publications

Wickramasinghe, K. (2017), A Green Hospitality Industry for Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Exporter, Issue 96, April-June 2017

Kanchana Wickramasinghe

Tilakaratna, G., Nanayakkara, M., Madurawala, S., Jayaratne, S., Wickramasinghe, K. (2017), National Level Implications of SDG Implementation: The Case of Sri Lanka, Occasional Paper Series 41, Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals, Bngladesh, Dhaka.

Ganga Tilakaratna, Wimal Nanayakkara, Sunimalee Madurawala, Suwendrani Jayaratne and Kanchana Wickramasinghe

Re-Defining Urban Areas in Sri Lanka
Bilesha Weeraratne
2016

Impact of Migration and Remittances on Social Mobility in Sri Lanka
Nisha Arunatilake
2015

Sri Lankan Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East:Does Recruitment through an Agent minimize vulnerability?
Bilesha Weeraratne
2014

Returning Home: Experiences & Challenges, The Experience of Returnee Migrant Workers of Sri Lanka
Suwendrani Jayaratne, Nipuni Perera, Neluka Gunasekera, Nisha Arunatilake
2014

Labour Migration in Sri Lanka Select Annotated Bibliography
2014
Dilmani Warnasuriya Premila Gamage

“Mainstreaming Migration into Development Agendas of South Asia”
2013
Edited by Saman Kelegama

A Migration Profile for Sri Lanka
2013
Roshini Jayaweera, Nethmini Perera, Chandana Karunaratne, Nisha Arunatilake, Dushni Weerakoon

Managed Migration: Review of Readmission Agreements and a Case Study from Sri Lanka
2012
Chandana Karunaratne, Ashani Abeysekera

Migration Remittances and Development in South Asia ( P/ C)
2011
Saman Kelegama

International Migration Outlook Sri Lanka 2008
2009
Tilani Jayawardhana and Ruwan Jayathilaka

Kelegama, S. (ed.) (2011) “Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia”,
Sage Publications, India.
2012

“Sri Lanka” (with N. Arunatilake, and P. Jayawardena) in Kelegama, S., (ed.), Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2011
Weerakoon, D.,
2011

Book Review, “Distant Neighbours at Workplace: A Study of Sri Lankan Migrant Workers in Japan” (by Prof. H. D.Karunaratne), South Asia Economic Journal, Vol.10, No. 2.
Jayawardena, P., 2009,
2009

“Migration and Remittances in South Asia”, (with Deshal de Mel), Briefing Paper No.12, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), 2009
Premaratne, D.,
2009

‘Returning Home: Experience & Challenges – The Experience of Returnee Migrant Workers of Sri Lanka’, Labour Economic Series No. 17
Jayaratne, S., Perera, N., Gunasekera, N. and Arunatilake, N. (2014)
2014

Policy Brief on ‘Are Returnee Migrant Workers Economically Better Off’, Volume 1, September 2014.
Jayaratne, S.,
2014

“Migration, Remittances and Development in the Maldives” in Kelegama S (ed) Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia.
Jayaratne, S. and D. de Mel (2011),
2011

“Trade Poverty Nexus in the Maldives”, in Prema-chandra Athukorala, Jayatilleke S Bandara, Saman Kelegama (eds), “Trade Liberalisation and Poverty in South Asia”, Routledge Publication.
Dissanayake, J and S. Jayaratne (2010)
2010

Impact of Migration and Remittances on Investment in Agriculture and Food Security in Sri Lanka, IPS Research Studies: Agricultural Economic Policy Series No.8, February.
Samaratunga, P., Jayaweera, R. and Perera, N. (2012),
2012

Sri Lankan Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?
Weeraratne, B.(2014),
2014

A Micro Analysis of Contextual Determinants of Labor Migration in Sri Lanka, in Migration and Development, Taylor & Francis Group, UK.
Weeraratne, B.(2014).
2014

Dissertations and Theses, 130.
Weeraratne, B. (2012).
2012

“Migration and Remittances in South Asia”, SAWTEE Briefing Paper, No. 12.
De Mel, D. and S. Jayaratne,

“Migration, Remittances and Development Nexus in the Maldives” in S. Kelegama (ed.), Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia, Sage Publications
De Mel, D. and S. Jayaratne,
2012

“International Migration Outlook: Sri Lanka 2008” (with), International Organization for Migration, Sri Lanka, 2009.
Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K and T. Jayawardhana,
2009

Labour Migration in Sri Lanka: Select Annotated Bibiliography
Dilmani Warnasuriya and Premila Gamage (2014),
2014

Managed Migration: Review of Readmission Agreements and a Cast Study of Sri Lanka
Chandana Karunaratne and Ashani Abayasekara (2012),
2012

“Afghanistan,” in Kelegama, S., (ed.) Migration and Development Nexus in South Asia, Sage Publication, India.
Jayawardhana, T., and R. Jayaweera (2011),
2011

International Migration Outlook – Sri Lanka, 2008
Jayawardhana, Tilani and Ruwan Jayathilaka,
2008

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