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SLBFE funds to repatriate needy migrant workers

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) will cover all expenses related to quarantine facilities, other medical, and food and transport facilities of migrant workers returning home due to the COVID 19 epidemic situation. These facilities will only be available for migrant workers who got duly registered with the SLBFE prior to departure. Recently the Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva instructed the SLBFE to formulate a system and find suitable private hotels and resorts to provide free quarantine facilities which is an essential factor in expeditious repatriation of migrant workers due to the epidemic situation.

 


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SLBFE spending for migrant workers in quarantine

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) will cover all expenses related to quarantine facilities, other medical, and food and transport facilities of migrant workers returning home due to the COVID-19 situation.

These facilities will only be available for migrant workers who have duly registered with the SLBFE prior to departure. Recently Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva instructed the SLBFE to formulate a system and find suitable private hotels and resorts to provide free quarantine facilities which is an essential factor in the expeditious repatriation of migrant workers due to the epidemic situation.

The SLBFE has informed the minister it has selected 10 privately owned tourist hotels and resorts with the approval of the National COVID-19 Prevention Task Force to set up such quarantine centers.

These 10 hotels can accommodate five hundred and seventy one people (571) at a time.

Hotel fees, food and all other facilities will be provided by the SLBFE. The SLBFE spends Rs. 4,500 per day to keep one person in such quarantine centers and Rs.18 million a week to provide these facilities for a full group. A returning worker will be kept in a center for one week.