Study on Skills, Aspirations, and Reintegration Challenges of Returnee Migrant Workers

The sustainable reintegration of returnee migrant workers is necessary to ensure the re-establishment of economic, social, and psychosocial relationships in Sri Lanka. This safeguards the returnee migrant workers’ quality of life, sustainable livelihood, and dignity along with inclusion in civic life. As such, this study aims to identify existing data gaps and conduct primary research to identify the skills, aspirations, and reintegration challenges of returnee migrant workers. The study will recommend policy, and advocacy initiatives to promote sustainable reintegration practices for returning migrant workers. Extensive desk research including quantitative and qualitative primary data collection will be undertaken and then analysed using a concurrent, mixed-method approach to achieve the study’s goals.

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Research team

Bilesha Weeraratne
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Manisha Weeraddana
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Piyumi Ranadewa
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Thilini Bandara
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Thisuri Ekanayake
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Awahnee Mendis


Commissioned by the Skilled and Resilient Migrant Workers (SRMW) project, which is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), within the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) YouLead Initiative.