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Sri Lanka has experienced varying forms and intensity of migration in post-independence decades. At present, over one million Sri Lankan citizens are estimated to have migrated for foreign employment. Over the years, the government has facilitated labour migration to ease employment and foreign exchange shortfalls in the country with the relaxation of regulations on travel and foreign exchange convertibility to facilitate overseas work and remittances. The government is hoping to raise remittances by changing the skill mix of migrants and the composition of country destinations. The challenge is to identify and promote foreign employment that is both beneficial to the workers as well as the country.

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