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?
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 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.
Female migrant workers make a vital contribution to the Sri Lankan economy, mainly through remittances. However, this economic gain often comes at a heavy social cost on the children they leave behind. This article highlights the discriminatory nature of the recent restriction on labour migration of mothers.
Does Foreign Employment through an Agency Minimize Vulnerability of Sri Lankan Female Domestic Workers?
It is often perceived that recruitment of female domestic workers through formal channels minimizes vulnerability. Is this really the case? A new study takes a closer look…