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Govt to bring back stranded migrant workers

Industrial Exports and Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said yesterday that the Government is making arraignments  to repatriate  Sri Lankan migrant workers, who are employed largely in the Middle East, South East Asia, East Asia, Europe, and Africa regions and stranded there due to the COVID 19 outbreak.

The Minister said the Government’s focus in the present wave of repatriation was on Sri Lankan students  stranded in SAARC countries considering the particular vulnerability they faced from a medical perspective.  Secondly, steps will be taken to repatriate Sri Lankan university students stranded in other foreign countries.

Accordingly, when a special flight is flown to a country to repatriate stranded students, stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers in the same country will also be brought back to Sri Lanka.

He further said that over 1000 Sri Lankan university students stranded in SAARC countries have already been brought back to Sri Lanka through Sri Lankan Airlines special flights and they are under quarantine in islandwide centers now.

Diplomatic level interventions are necessary when Sri Lankan migrant workers are repatriated to the country due to flight cancellations and the closure of airports in many countries. However, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have advised relevant officers to take all possible steps to repatriate Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in other countries.

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