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.


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


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

Bilesha Weeraratne


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


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

Bilesha Weeraratne


 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


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

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.

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

Labour Migration in Sri Lanka Select Annotated Bibliography

Dilmani Warnasuriya Premila Gamage

“Mainstreaming Migration into Development Agendas of South Asia”

Edited by Saman Kelegama

A Migration Profile for Sri Lanka

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

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

Chandana Karunaratne, Ashani Abeysekera

International Migration Outlook Sri Lanka 2008

Tilani Jayawardhana and Ruwan Jayathilaka

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

Sage Publications, India.

“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.,

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,

“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.,

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

Jayaratne, S.,

“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),

“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)

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),

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

Weeraratne, B.(2014).

Dissertations and Theses, 130.

Weeraratne, B. (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,

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

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

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),

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

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

International Migration Outlook – Sri Lanka, 2008

Jayawardhana, Tilani and Ruwan Jayathilaka,