A Migration Profile for Sri Lanka

Research team

Dushni Weerakoon
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Nisha Arunatilake
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Roshini Jayaweera
Nethmini Perera
Chandana Karunaratne




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This is the first Migration Profile for Sri Lanka, which analyses and presents the overall migration situation in the country. More specifically, the profile is intended to outline and analyse information in relation to the status of different types of migrant categories, the nature, consequences, and their contributions to Sri Lanka’s development outcomes. The profile also aims to outline the major challenges with regard to international migration, with a focus on migrants from Sri Lanka. This profile helps governments and regulatory bodies of both, origin and destination countries, to tackle migration issues effectively. Given the importance of external labour migration to the Sri Lankan economy, and due to the data limitation related to other categories of migration, this profile focuses primarily on analysing external labour migration.