While Sri Lanka’s 2018 Budget was applauded on many fronts, Bilesha Weeraratne argues that it has ignored an important aspect of the country’s economy: migrants’ remittances. Annually, over 250,000 Sri Lankans leave for foreign employment. Yet, the proposed Blue-Green Budget had no reference to remittances, nor the migrant workers who send them home. Does this mean migration and remittances are not priorities of the Sri Lankan economy?
The Meethotamulla tragedy has opened the eyes of Sri Lankans to the dangers presented by solid waste mismanagement and dumping. Multifaceted proposals to address the immediate and long term issue of garbage disposal in Sri Lanka have been put forth. This article by Bilesha Weeraratne highlights the importance of household level responsibility in addressing the issue and suggests Pay as You Throw solutions to reduce the burden of solid waste disposal services and encourage recycling.
This article to mark International Migrants Day 2016, explores the decrease in Sri Lanka’s remittances in 2015, with regard to Labour Migration, and takes a look at ways the country can maximize its remittances.
This article argues the need to produce better estimates of Urbanization in Sri Lanka.
This article to mark the International Migrants Day 2015, discusses the adverse implications of upfront incentive payments to migrants by focusing on the case of female domestic workers from Sri Lanka to Saudi Arabia.