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.

Presentations
2020

Presentation on ‘Data Driven Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting at Provincial Councils’

Capacity Development Programme on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting
Organized by Finance Commission in collaboration with MWCA and SD GAP
28 February 2020
Jie Jie Beach Hotel Panadura

Bilesha Weeraratne

Presentation on ‘Right to Mobility: Are Immigrants at the Mercy of Recruitment Intermediaries

International Conference of Migrating World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Migration and Integration
Organized by London Center for Interdisciplinary Research
22 February 2020
St. Anne’s College, Oxford University

Bilesha Weeraratne

2019

Panelist at 2019 Global Humanitarian Policy Forum (GHPF)

Organized by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the United Nations Foundation
13 December 2019
New York

Bilesha Weeraratne

Presentation on ‘Subnational Financing and Local Service Delivery: The Case of Solid Waste Management in Sri Lanka’

Fourth South Asian Economic Network Conference Sub National Finance and Local Service Delivery
Organized by World Bank Group and South Asia Network for Economic Modelling (SANEM)
07 – 08 September 2019
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bilesha Weeraratne

Presentation on ‘Migration and Gender in Sri Lanka: Trends and Opportunities for GCM’

National Consultation for Implementation of a Gender-Responsive Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration
Organized by UN Women
27 March 2019
UN Compound, Colombo

Bilesha Weeraratne

 

Presentation on ‘Recruitment of Temporary Migrant Workers and the Evolving Role of Sub-Agents in Sri Lanka

Research and Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration (REALM) Workshop
Organized by the New York University Abu Dhabi
15-16 March 2019
New York University in Abu Dhabi

Bilesha Weeraratne

Presentation on ‘Can Khan Academy E-Learning Video Tutorials Improve Mathematics Achievements in Sri Lanka?

Conference on Economic Development in South Asia
Organized by Monash University and IPS
07 – 08 January 2019
Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Bilesha Weeraratne

2018

Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka.
Presentation of Final Research Findings at the Ministry of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka
08 August 2018

Bilesha Weeraratne

Presentation on ‘Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka: Preliminary Findings.’
Partner Exchange Platform on Ethical Recruitment.
Organized by International Organization for Migration
19 – 20 February, 2018
Renuka City Hotel, Colombo

Bilesha Weeraratne

Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka.
Presentation of Preliminary Research Findings at the Ministry of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka
25 January 2018

Bilesha Weeraratne

Presentation on ‘Tracing Informal Recruitment Relationships through a Panel Survey of Migrants.’ International Forum on Migration Statistics
Organized by OECD, IOM & UN-DESA,
OECD, Paris
15 – 16 January 2018

Bilesha Weeraratne

2017

Panelist on ‘Change the future of migration – Invest in food security and Rural Development’

Bilesha Weeraratne
At the World Food Day Panel Discussion
Organized by Food and Agriculture Organization, Sri Lanka,
17 October 2017
Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo

The Effect of Recruitment Intermediary’s Informal Status on Negotiating Recruitment Incentives for Migrant Workers

Bilesha Weeraratne
At the New York State Economic Association Annual Conference
Organized by the New York State Economic Association
06 – 07 October 2017
Farmingdale College, New York

Sustainable Financing for Urban Solid Waste Disposal Services in Sri Lanka

Bilesha Weeraratne
At the ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2017
Organized by the Asian Development Bank, Manila and IPS
20 – 21 September 2017
Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo

Summary of Stakeholder Input

Bilesha Weeraratne
At the National Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Employment and International Organization for Migration
25 August 2017
Movenpick Hotel, Colombo

Global Compact on Migration: Way Forward for Sri Lanka

Bilesha Weeraratne
At the GCM Sensitization Workshop
Organized by International Organization for Migration, Sri Lanka,
08 August 2017
IPS

Globalization of Family: The Role of the State 

Bilesha Weeraratne
At the AILS Research Workshop: Families, Kin and the State in Sri Lanka,
Organized by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies
25 July 2017
Galadari Hotel, Colombo

Recruitment of Temporary Migrant Workers & the Evolving Role of Sub-Agents in Sri Lanka,

Bilesha Weeraratne
At the Program Action Committee (PAC) meeting
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Employment
31 March 2017
Ministry of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka

Panel Discussion on “Skilled Labor Migration and its Impact on the Local Community”
At the SDG Media Zone – Peace Expo 2017
Organized by the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with the Road to Rights and UN SDG Action Campaign
Harini Weerasekera
10 December 2017
Independence Square premises

2016

Presentation on “Integrating Migrant Workers into the Labour Market Statistics of Sri Lanka”, at a round table discussion at ILO, ILO Country Office, 6 May.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

Remittances and Gender
At Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group Meeting on “Remittances
Bangkok, Thailand
July 20 – 21, 2016
Bilesha Weeraratne

2015

Presentation on “Managing Migration: The Political Dynamics of Human Migration” at the “Sixth Asian Relations Conference: Non-Traditional Themes in Asian Foreign Policies”, organized by the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi, India, 23 and 24 March.
(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

Presentation on “Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?” at the international conference on “South Asian Economic Development: The Way Forward”, organized by the Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi, India, 9 and 10 April.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

Low-Skilled Labour Migration – Value Chain Analysis of Migration Cost
At Workshop on Measuring Migration Costs For the Low-Skilled
Organized by KNOMAD, the World Bank
Washington DC, USA
November 16-17, 2015
Bilesha Weeraratne

Presentation on “Low-skilled Labour Migration – Value Chain Analysis of Migration Cost” at stakeholder consultation for Value Chain project, IPS Conference Room, 08 December
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

2014

Presentation on “Reintegration of Returnee Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka” at the conference, “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”, IPS, 14 August.
(By: Suwendrani Jayaratne)

Presentation on “Impact of Migration and Remittances on Social Mobility in Sri Lanka” at the workshop on “Asian Approaches to Social Mobility Experience, Lessons and Opportunities for Cooperation”, Cinnamon Grand, 21 August.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

Presentation on “Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?” at the conference on “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”, IPS, 14 August.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

Presentation on “Accessing New Employment Markets Abroad” at International Conference on “Policies for Mainstreaming Migration into Development in Sri Lanka”, IPS, 14 August.
(By: Janaka Wijayasiri)

Presentations on “Female Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Does Recruitment Through an Agent Minimize Vulnerability?” and “A Quasi-experiment on the Effect of E-learning on Students’ Mathematics Scores and Attitudes in Sri Lanka” at “New York State Economic Association – Annual Conference”, Albany, New York, USA, 11 October.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

Presentation on “Labour Migration and Development: Perspectives from Sri Lanka” at the conference on “Jobs for Development: Challenges and Solutions”, organized by ICRIER, New Delhi, India, 2 December.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

Presented a paper on “Migration and Social Mobility in Sri Lanka” at the workshop on “Social Mobility: Experiences and Lessons from Asia”, Seoul, Korea, 24 and 25 November.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

Labour Migration and Development: Perspectives from Sri Lanka
At the International Conference on Jobs for Development: Challenges and Solutions
Organized by the India Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and World Bank
New Delhi, India
December 2, 2014
Bilesha Weeraratne