Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne speaks on impact of FBR on female labour migration

03 December 2020

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne, Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation Research at IPS, made a presentation on the impact of the Family Background Report (FBR) policy entitled ‘The Double Burden and Gender Barriers: A Causal Analysis of a Policy on Female Labour Migration from Sri Lanka’. Dr. Weeraratne showed that the FBR policy has a skills-differentiated impact, where departures of female domestic workers and unskilled workers have decreased while departures of professional workers have increased.

Comments for Dr. Weeraratne’s paper was provided by Dr. Sarah Khan of the University of Gottingen, Germany, while Dr. Weeraratne provided comments on the paper entitled ‘Maternity Benefits Mandate and Women’s Choice of Work: Evidence from Vietnam’ by Khoa Vu and Paul Glewwe of University of Minnesota, USA. The presentations were made at the workshop on Women’s Work – Routes to Economic and Social Empowerment organised by the United Nations University UNU-WIDER and held virtually on November 19, December 1 and 3, 2020.