International Conference on Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka

The IPS organized a conference on “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”. The conference took place on 14th of August as a component of the IPS project  Meeting the Development Challenges of Migration (MED_MIG)which is funded by the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) – a multi-donor program managed by Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC).

The conference brought together a host of local and international stakeholders to discuss policy initiatives aimed at mainstreaming migration into development under the three sub-themes: Sri Lanka’s potential to penetrate new labour markets, Vulnerability of female domestic workers and Reintegration of returnee migrant workers.

Hon. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, Government of Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest of the event, while a number of key government representatives including Mr. Madihahewa, Secretary/Senior Ministers Secretariat, and Mr. Nissanka Wijeratne, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion also participated. Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the IPS delivered the welcome address while Mr. Wijeratne spoke at the inauguration of the conference.

The event was marked by the unveiling of the Labour Migration Resource Centre (LMRC), a special collection on migration related articles and documents located within the IPS library. In order to provide quick and convenient access to the resources, as a part of LMRC, the IPS Library developed an online database called ‘MED-MIG Search’, which was launched by Hon. Minister, Dilan Perera.  In addition, ‘Select Annotated Bibliography on Labour Migration in Sri Lanka’ , was released to coincide with the conference. The IPS publication provides a guide and an easy reference to available scholarly literature on migration in the country.

The conference included four presentations by international migration experts including Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan, Chair Professor, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Centre for Development Studies, Kerala; Dr. Katheryn Lum, Research Fellow, Migration Policy Center, Italy; Dr. G. M Arif – Joint Director, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and Ms. Lucia Villamayor, Director II, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. From the IPS MED_MIG team, Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri, Dr. Bilesha Weeratne and Suwendrani Jayaratne presented initial findings of three research studies under the project at the conference. 70 key local and international stakeholders including IPS research staff and media personnel attended the conference.

The proceedings of the event which will be complied into a report, which will be shared with the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare, with the aim of improving policies for mainstreaming migration in Sri Lanka.

Concept Note 

Conference Video  

Policy Insights

Challenges in Accessing Labour Markets Abroad for Sri Lanka 

Does Recruitment through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability of Sri Lankan Female Domestic Workers? 

Are Returnee Migrant Workers Economically Better Off? 

Highlights in the Media

Pre-Conference

 

  • Int’l Confab on ‘Mainstreaming Migration’

       Sunday Observer – 10th August 2014 

  • Int’l Conference on ‘Mainstreaming Migration’

News.lk – 11th August 2014

  • IPS to host conference on policies for mainstreaming migration into development in SL

      Daily FT – 13th August 2014

  • IPS conference on August 14

   Daily News – 13th August 2014

  • IPS to host conference on policies for mainstreaming migration into development in Sri Lanka

 Daily Mirror – 13th August 2014

  • Conference on policies for mainstreaming migration into SL’s development

The Island – 13th August 2014

Post-Conference

  • IPS conference on policies for mainstreaming migration into development in Sri Lanka

The Island – 15th August 2014

  • IPS conference on ‘Policies for mainstreaming migration into development in SL’

Daily FT – 16th August 2014

  • IPS holds conference on mainstreaming migration

Daily Mirror – 16th August 2014

  • Limited focus on post-migration

The Nation – 17th August 2014