Are restrictions imposed on female migrant workers discriminatory or improving family well-being?

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…


Sri Lanka’s Balancing Act of Promoting International Migration while Protecting the Well-being of Migrants and their Families

With 250,000 leaving each year, labour migration is a growing policy priority. But how do we tackle the trade-off between promoting migration and protecting the welfare of migrants?

Ensuring Migrant Workers’ Rights: Regional Frameworks Could Hold the Key

In the wake of the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek on 9th February 2013, accused of smothering an infant in her care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the human rights of migrant workers have come to the forefront of the policy discussion on migration. This article discusses what the next step needs to be in developing a comprehensive governing framework for migrant labour, and argues that collective action is the strongest tool in the arsenal of sending countries in protecting migrant workers.

Broken Promises: The Plight of Women in Sri Lanka and its Economic Costs

Marking International Women’s Day 2013 today (8th March), Sunimalee Madurawala writes on the economic costs of Violence Against Women and the urgent need for action in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka made a promise to its women when it became a signatory to the international conventions protecting the rights of women. However this has been left on the backburner for too long and the plight of the country’s women is beginning to exert a very real economic impact on the country as a whole. Policy makers and implementers might find that it is always better to keep a promise, rather than bear the costs of a fall out.