Dr Bilesha Weeraratne Speaks at the 10th South Asia Economic Policy Network Conference on Migration in South Asia

7-8 November 2022

IPS Research Fellow Dr Bilesha Weeraratne highlighted that Sri Lanka must improve the domestic economy to attract remittances, rather than expecting that remittances would improve the domestic economy. She also noted that economic recovery policies need to factor in the co-movement of remittances with macroeconomic variables.

Dr Weeraratne made these remarks while presenting her research paper titled “Can Migrant Workers’ Remittances Cushion the Macroeconomic Crisis in Sri Lanka?” at the 10th South Asia Economic Policy Network Conference on Migration in South Asia, held from 7-8 November 2022 in Nepal. The conference was organised by the Office of the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank, in collaboration with the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) and the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice of the World Bank.

Dr Weeraratne also served as a panellist on the panel discussion on “Issues and Challenges – Migration and South Asia” at the same conference.