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* Harassed Sri Lankan migrant workers return to the country
Sun, Mar 28, 2010, 10:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has brought back 70 harassed migrant workers who were held in a detention centre in Kuwait to the country.

The workers who have faced various hardships during their stay in Kuwait are scheduled to arrive in the country today.

According to the Assistant General Manager of the Foreign Employment Bureau, L. K. Ruhunage this is the first occasion a group of workers detained in Kuwait are returning to the country this year.

He said that two women in the group have fallen ill and that measures have been taken to provide them with the necessary treatment.

According to the official the cost of air fare for the workers was borne by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait.

Another 69 female migrant workers who sought shelter at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia returned to the country last week after a lengthy stay at the Embassy.

Over a million Sri Lankans are employed in the Gulf countries, the majority of them as housemaids. Often they face harassment from their abusive employers.

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