Study on Remittance Patterns with a View to Reducing Remittance Costs for Migrant Workers

This research seeks to generate an evidence base for remittance patterns and costs in Sri Lanka, with the aim of helping decisionmakers to identify ways of reducing remittance costs. Specifically, the study looks at the regulatory system in Sri Lanka for remittances, maps remittance costs in selected recruitment corridors, assesses regional good practices and provides recommendations to reduce remittance costs. The study employs a mixed method approach consisting of both qualitative and quantitative primary data supplemented by secondary information. Quantitative data is collected via a sample survey of 602 migrant households from three purposively selected districts, namely Colombo, Kurunegala and Batticaloa. In addition, the study collects qualitative data via 28 Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) with stakeholders involved in the migration and/or remittances sectors. Two FGDs are also conducted with migrant workers and CSOs.

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Bilesha Weeraratne
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