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* Ex-migrant workers of Sri Lanka are to be registered
Wed, Mar 10, 2010, 07:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau has commenced a programme to register the persons who have returned to the home country after working overseas.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau Kingsley Ranawaka said that over 50,000 ex-migrant workers had registered themselves under this programme.

The programme, commenced recently, aims to guarantee the future of the ex-migrant workers and to obtain their services for the country, said Mr. Ranawaka. He added that the problems of the ex-migrant workers would be addressed and they would be provided with guidance and welfare under this programme.

The Chairman urged the ex-migrant workers to register as soon as possible at the nearest regional offices of the Foreign Employment Bureau.

International labor migration from Sri Lanka has remarkably grown over the last decades, with numbers increasing more than tenfold, according to the Central Bank, Annual Report 2008.

The total number of out migrants from Sri Lanka on employment abroad was estimated at 1.8 million. Annual outflow of workers is about 250,000 people. In 2007, the equivalent of 23% of total employment generated and 21% of Sri Lanka's labor force was made up by foreign employment.

Migrant remittances are a mainstay of the Lankan economy, accounting for about 7% of GDP and 36% of export earnings.

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