IPS research on Migration and Urbanization examines the twin challenges of identifying and promoting foreign employment that is both beneficial to the workers as well as the country; and planning for sustainable internal migration and urbanization.

Publications

COVID-19 pandemic induced wage theft: evidence from Sri Lankan migrant workers, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol 49 (20), pp 5259-5280, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2024.2268989

Bilesha Weeraratne

2023

‘Balancing Brain Drain and Immigrant Workers for Resilient Growth and Recovery’ in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2023, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Bilesha Weeraratne and Piyumi Ranadewa

2023

Relaxing the ban on female migration: Will it help solve the economic crisis in Sri Lanka? in Migration Policy Practice (Vol. XII, Number 1, February 2023).

Bilesha Weeraratne

2023

‘Migration and Remittances in Support of Economic Recovery’ in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy Report 2022.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2022

‘Migration and Remittances in Support of Economic Recovery’ in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy Report 2022.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2022

‘Migration and Economic Remittances: Impact on Development’ in Anna Triandafyllidou  (ed), Routledge Handbook on Immigration and Refugee Studies.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2022

‘Migration and Remittances in Support of Economic Recovery’ in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2022.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2022

Migration & Development: Mainstreaming Migration into Development Strategies of Sri Lanka. Colombo: International Organization for Migration (IOM).

2021

The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Implications for Sri Lankan Worker Migration and Remittances, in Nasra Shah (Eds), COVID 19 and Asian Migration. Lahore: Lahore School of Economics.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2021

COVID-19 and Reintegration Challenges of Sri Lanka’s Migrant Workers, in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2021.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2021

Ban on Female Migrant Workers: Skills-differentiated Evidence from Sri Lanka. WIDER Working Paper 2021/44, UNU-WIDER Helsinki.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2021

Return and Reintegration Without Assimilation: South Asian Migrant Workers in the Gulf during COVID-19. ISAS Working Paper 327. Singapore: Institute for South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2020

Labour Migration in South Asia: Lessons from COVID-19’, Trade Insight, 16 (3), Kathmandu: South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), 24-27.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2020

Return and Reintegration without Assimilation: South Asian Migrant Workers in the Gulf during COVID-19’, ISAS Working Paper (327), Institute for South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore: National University of Singapore.

Bilesha Weeraratne

2020

Labour Migration from Sri Lanka to the Gulf: Recent Developments and Future Outlook, Zachariah, G. and Rajan, I. (eds),  in Asianization of Gulf Migration, Cambridge University Press

Bilesha Weeraratne

2020

Urban Housing in Sri Lanka’, Sumana Bandyopadhyay et al. (Eds), in Urbanization and Regional Sustainability in South Asia, Springer

Bilesha Weeraratne

2019

Transitioning to Middle Income and Beyond: The Urbanization Challenges in Post-conflict Sri Lanka’, Weerakoon, D. and Jayasooriya, S. (ed) in Managing Domestic and International Challenges and Opportunities in Post-Conflict Development: Lesson from Sri Lanka, Springer

Bilesha Weeraratne

2019

Migration and Development – Role of Remittances in Routledge Handbook on Handbook on Migration and Globalisation edited by Triandafyllidou,  A.  Routledge.

Bilesha Weeraratne

(2018)

 Sri Lanka Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration – National Consultation Outcome Report. International Organization for Migration and the Ministry of Foreign Employment.

Bilesha Weeraratne

(2017)

The Future of Labour Migration from Sri Lanka, Research Papers, National Symposium of Labour and Employment 2016,  Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations.

Research Team: Bilesha Weeraratne
2016

Integrating Migrant Workers in Labour Market Participation Analysis.

Nisha Arunatilake, Sunimalee Madurawala, Priyanka Jayawardena

Challenges of reintegration. In S. Irudaya Rajan, South Asia Migration Report, (pp 267-291). Oxon: Routledge.

Jayaratne, S., Perera, N., Neluka Gunasekera and Nisha Arunatilake.
2017

Tilakaratna, G., Nanayakkara, M., Madurawala, S., Jayaratne, S., Wickramasinghe, K. (2017), National Level Implications of SDG Implementation: The Case of Sri Lanka, Occasional Paper Series 41, Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals, Bngladesh, Dhaka.

Ganga Tilakaratna, Wimal Nanayakkara, Sunimalee Madurawala, Suwendrani Jayaratne and Kanchana Wickramasinghe

Returning Home: Experiences & Challenges, The Experience of Returnee Migrant Workers of Sri Lanka

Suwendrani Jayaratne, Nipuni Perera, Neluka Gunasekera, Nisha Arunatilake
2014

Labour Migration in Sri Lanka Select Annotated Bibliography

2014
Dilmani Warnasuriya Premila Gamage

“Mainstreaming Migration into Development Agendas of South Asia”

2013
Edited by Saman Kelegama

A Migration Profile for Sri Lanka

2013
Roshini Jayaweera, Nethmini Perera, Chandana Karunaratne, Nisha Arunatilake, Dushni Weerakoon

Managed Migration: Review of Readmission Agreements and a Case Study from Sri Lanka

2012
Chandana Karunaratne, Ashani Abeysekera

International Migration Outlook Sri Lanka 2008

2009
Tilani Jayawardhana and Ruwan Jayathilaka

Kelegama, S. (ed.) (2011) “Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia”,

Sage Publications, India.
2012

“Sri Lanka” (with N. Arunatilake, and P. Jayawardena) in Kelegama, S., (ed.), Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2011

Weerakoon, D.,
2011

Book Review, “Distant Neighbours at Workplace: A Study of Sri Lankan Migrant Workers in Japan” (by Prof. H. D.Karunaratne), South Asia Economic Journal, Vol.10, No. 2.

Jayawardena, P., 2009,
2009

“Migration and Remittances in South Asia”, (with Deshal de Mel), Briefing Paper No.12, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), 2009

Premaratne, D.,
2009

Policy Brief on ‘Are Returnee Migrant Workers Economically Better Off’, Volume 1, September 2014.

Jayaratne, S.,
2014

“Migration, Remittances and Development in the Maldives” in Kelegama S (ed) Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia.

Jayaratne, S. and D. de Mel (2011),
2011

“Trade Poverty Nexus in the Maldives”, in Prema-chandra Athukorala, Jayatilleke S Bandara, Saman Kelegama (eds), “Trade Liberalisation and Poverty in South Asia”, Routledge Publication.

Dissanayake, J and S. Jayaratne (2010)
2010

Impact of Migration and Remittances on Investment in Agriculture and Food Security in Sri Lanka, IPS Research Studies: Agricultural Economic Policy Series No.8, February.

Samaratunga, P., Jayaweera, R. and Perera, N. (2012),
2012

A Micro Analysis of Contextual Determinants of Labor Migration in Sri Lanka, in Migration and Development, Taylor & Francis Group, UK.

Weeraratne, B.(2014).
2014

Dissertations and Theses, 130.

Weeraratne, B. (2012).
2012

“Migration and Remittances in South Asia”, SAWTEE Briefing Paper, No. 12.

De Mel, D. and S. Jayaratne,

“Migration, Remittances and Development Nexus in the Maldives” in S. Kelegama (ed.), Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia, Sage Publications

De Mel, D. and S. Jayaratne,
2012

“International Migration Outlook: Sri Lanka 2008” (with), International Organization for Migration, Sri Lanka, 2009.

Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K and T. Jayawardhana,
2009

Labour Migration in Sri Lanka: Select Annotated Bibiliography

Dilmani Warnasuriya and Premila Gamage (2014),

Managed Migration: Review of Readmission Agreements and a Cast Study of Sri Lanka

Chandana Karunaratne and Ashani Abayasekara (2012),
2012

“Afghanistan,” in Kelegama, S., (ed.) Migration and Development Nexus in South Asia, Sage Publication, India.

Jayawardhana, T., and R. Jayaweera (2011),
2011

International Migration Outlook – Sri Lanka, 2008

Jayawardhana, Tilani and Ruwan Jayathilaka,
2008