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SLFEB on migrant workers’ issues in first half 2019

858 migrant women workers fleeing crises repatriated

A total of 858 Sri Lankan women migrant workers, who sought refuge at Sri Lankan missions in West Asian countries, due to various problems they faced abroad, have now been returned to the country during the first half of this year with the support of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB). A Bureau communique said that the majority of them, totalling 588, had been repatriated from Kuwait alone.

Another 146 migrant workers are still in ‘Suraksha houses’ operated by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait until they receive solutions to their problems.

Thirty female migrant workers who sought refuge in ‘Suraksha houses’ in Saudi Arabia have also now been brought back, while another 33 migrant workers are yet to be repatriated.

A total of 263 migrant workers now staying in ‘Suraksha houses’ in various parts of the world are yet to be returned to Sri Lanka.

The Bureau further said that 95,908 workers had migrated in the first half of this year and out of them 56,526 or 59 per cent of the total were males. The majority of the males, numbering 16,626, had gone to Qatar.

During the first half of the year, 39,382 females had migrated for work, amounting to 41 percent of total migrant workers. Of them, 14,948 had migrated to Kuwait.

A total of 20,601 migrant workers of both sexes, have gone to Kuwait, 19,026 migrant workers have gone to Qatar and 16,747 have gone to Saudi Arabia in the first half of the year.

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