Bilesha Weeraratne

Are restrictions imposed on female migrant workers discriminatory or improving family well-being?

Female migrant workers make a vital contribution to the Sri Lankan economy, mainly through remittances. However, this economic gain often comes at a heavy social cost on the children they leave behind. This article highlights the discriminatory nature of the recent restriction on labour migration of mothers.

Does Foreign Employment through an Agency Minimize Vulnerability of Sri Lankan Female Domestic Workers?

It is often perceived that recruitment of female domestic workers through formal channels minimizes vulnerability. Is this really the case? A new study takes a closer look…

Where Do Migrant Workers Fit in Sri Lanka’s Population?

Sri Lankan migrant workers are an ‘invisible population’ of the country. The mutual support between migrant workers and the resident population of Sri Lanka is so important that both need the other for socio-economic success.

Sri Lanka’s Balancing Act of Promoting International Migration while Protecting the Well-being of Migrants and their Families

With 250,000 leaving each year, labour migration is a growing policy priority. But how do we tackle the trade-off between promoting migration and protecting the welfare of migrants?

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