Nov 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment says that the state is discussing with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to bring back 4,000 Sri Lankan migrants who have failed to qualify for the amnesty offered by the kingdom.
The amnesty period offered for the overstaying foreigners, mostly unskilled workers ended today.
Over 16,000 Sri Lankans registered in the Sri Lankan Embassy seeking return to the country under the amnesty.
Around 10,000 Sri Lankans returned to the home country during the grace period which was granted by Saudi authorities on April 3 initially for three months and later extended by another four months.
The Bureau earlier warned the migrant workers staying in the Kingdom after the 3 November deadline, that they will have to pay a fine of around Rs, 3 million as well as serve a one-year prison term and urged the Sri Lankan workers to come back as soon as possible.
Saudi Arabia is the topmost destination for Sri Lankan migrant workers and over 600,000 Sri Lankans are employed in the rich Gulf country. The majority of the Sri Lankans are unskilled workers such as housemaids.
Remittances from expatriate workers are one of the major sources of foreign earnings to the island nation.