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.
Reintegration programmes must start working with migrants before they depart, continue to work with them during their time abroad and on their return, argues a new IPS study.
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?
SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE MARKING INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY, 18TH DECEMBER On the 3rd of December, 2013, the Australian government announced new policy that aimed to further discourage the arrival of irregular migrants in Australia. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced that, …
In the wake of the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek on 9th February 2013, accused of smothering an infant in her care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the human rights of migrant workers have come to the forefront of the policy discussion on migration. This article discusses what the next step needs to be in developing a comprehensive governing framework for migrant labour, and argues that collective action is the strongest tool in the arsenal of sending countries in protecting migrant workers.