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SL to resume overseas employment soon

Sri Lanka will soon begin sending its workers back overseas as it further eases its COVID-19 measures and host countries start reopening their borders.

“The island had halted the process on March 13 due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” the Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE)’s Acting General Manager, W.M.V. Wansekera told Arab News. “We will soon prepare to send them abroad with the opening of airports in the host countries.”

The majority of the 1.2 million Sri Lankan workers in the Middle East - 80 percent - are stationed in Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar.

The Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said his ministry had been able to keep the disease under control from April 30 and that zero cases had been recorded in the civilian population.

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Ariyasingha told Arab News that more than 38,983 workers in 143 countries had expressed an interest to return home to Sri Lanka, based on information gathered through the “Contact Sri Lanka” web portal from the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Expatriate Mohammed Risqi, who holds an executive position in a Kuwaiti establishment, said that people wished to continue with their jobs during the global crisis.

“Those who are staying here illegally or have lost their regular jobs are keen to go home because staying in Kuwait is a waste of time,” he said. (Arab News)


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