Launch of the Report ‘Migration Profile: Sri Lanka’
IPS together with the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare launched the Report ‘Migration Profile: Sri Lanka’ on 7th March 2013, at the IPS Auditorium, under the patronage of Hon. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare.
The opening address was given by Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director IPS where he highlighted the importance of migration for the Sri Lankan economy and the need for a Migration Profile to develop better policies to govern migration in Sri Lanka..The Minister in his speech stated that he would like to see the Migration Profile providing the foundation for the preparation of an Annual Migration Report of Sri Lanka to be released every year on the 18th of December – International Migrants Day.
The broad objective of preparing the Migration Profile was to analyze and present the overall migration situation in Sri Lanka. It is intended to outline and analyze information in relation to the status of different types of migrant categories, the nature, consequences and contributions to Sri Lanka’s development outcomes. The profile also aims to outline the major challenges with regards to international migration, with a focus on migrants from Sri Lanka.
Also speaking at the event were Mr. Richard Danziger – Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM); Mr. Nissakanka Wijeratne – Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion; Mr. Donglin Li – Country Director for the ILO country office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives; Ms Roshini Jayaweera – Research Officer at the IPS; with the concluding remarks being delivered by Mr. Amal Sendilankadhikara – Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment.