Stakeholder Consultation on Migration Costs

IPS conducted a stakeholder consultation on ‘Low-skilled Labour Migration – Value Chain Analysis of Migration Cost’ on 08th December 2015 at the IPS Conference Room.  The meeting was part of an ongoing study by the IPS on ‘Low-skilled Labour Migration – Value Chain Analysis of Migration Cost’, supported by World Bank’sKNOMAD (Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development).  The purpose of the study is to map the value chains and associated costs of low-skilled labour migration  in 3 selected corridors – Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and South Korea.

The IPS research team, after conducting focus group discussions and key informant interviews with the relevant stakeholders, had mapped the value chains and identified the financial costs at each stage of the migration process. The consultative meeting was held with the aim of presenting initial study findings and obtain feedback from stakeholders towards reducing the costs of migration. Among the participants were representatives from the relevant ministries, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), foreign employment agents.  IPS Researchers Bilesha Weeraratne, Janaka Wijayasiri, Suwendrani Jayaratne and Project Officer, Manavee Abeywickrema participated at the discussion.

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Migration Cost: Who Bears it?

By  Bilesha WeeraratneJanaka Wijayasiri and Suwendrani Jayaratne