Lebanese amnesty to benefit 3,000 Lankans
A large number of Sri Lankans in Lebanon stranded or remanded in
Lebanon will benefit from a three-month amnesty declared by the
Government of Lebanon for Asian workers who remain in the country
without work permits or visas.
About 3,000 Sri Lankan migrant workers in that category would benefit
by the amnesty.
Most such migrant workers had remained in Lebanon without being able
to return to their home countries and the Asian Ambassadors including
Sri Lanka’s envoy M. Mahroof had made representations to the Government
of Lebanon about these workers resulting in the amnesty being declared,
the SLBFE Media Secretary said.
Some of these Sri Lankan workers are in remand prisons or detention
centres and some are housed by the Sri Lanka Embassy in hostels.
Some of them had overstayed the validity period of their visas and
there were some who did not have passports. The SLBFE in collaboration
with the Sri Lanka Ambassador is currently taking steps to repatriate
these workers. Emergency Certificates will be issued to those who do not
have their passports. Arrangements have been made to provide passage
back home to those who do not have funds to purchase airline tickets,
the secretary said. (LdeS)