Latest Edition of Talking Economics Digest Now Online! – ‘Migration & Development’

In this Edition, the Talking Economics Digest focuses on Migration and Development, one of cross cutting and emerging thematic research areas at the IPS.


Over the past decade, the number of people leaving for foreign employment has surged and there are over 1.5 million Sri Lankans working overseas, according to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. Nearly 250,000 Sri Lankans annually leave for employment abroad and their remittances account for the largest source of foreign exchange to the country, roughly 9.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Remittances also have been a vital source of income for migrant households, enabling them to improve the socio-economic situation of their families and their own position. However, migration has social and physiological costs in terms of family breakdown, physical abuse of workers at destinations etc. Thus, Sri Lanka is struggling to strike a balance between promoting migration while protecting migrant workers and their families. Towards addressing this challenge, the government is interested in promoting more skilled migration and accessing non-traditional markets. It is also paying attention to facilitating the return and reintegration of migrants with opportunities for skills transfer, productive employment and social integration.


Given that migration will continue to play a key role in the development of Sri Lanka, the IPS has been strengthening its research capacity, policy engagement and outreach activities on migration in 2014 through training, research, recruitment, setting up of Labour Migration Resource Centre and hosting an international conference. The Digest also features insightful interviews with international migration experts from India, Pakistan, the Philippines and the UK, and two compelling stories of migrants who have returned home and the challenges they face in reintegrating.


As usual the Digest features articles by IPS researchers who are working on a diverse range of policy issues including poverty, agriculture, environment, health and education, international trade, etc. Some contributions to the Digest are based on recent publications, which are now available for purchase.


(From the Editorial of the 9th Edition of the IPS ‘Talking Economics’ Digest’)


The ‘Talking Economics Digest’,  published bi-annually, is a compilation of articles featured on this blog within a 6 month time period, together with new articles and special feature segments. As we distribute only a limited number of printed copies of the Digest, we present here the latest e-version of it for you. Read it online via Scribd below or download it as a PDF.


IPS Talking Economics Digest / Jul – Dec 2014