Oct 25, Colombo: Migration of female Sri Lankan workers for foreign employment has declined sharply in the first nine months of this year, Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion Dilan Perera said.
Minister Perera said that the migration of women for foreign employment declined by 12% compared to the same period of the previous year.
Meanwhile the migration of men for foreign employment increased by 29% in the first nine months of the year compared to the previous year, the Minister said.
The Minister said that the migration of women as housemaids will stop soon.
Sri Lankan government is discouraging the migration of housemaids due to social and cultural issues.
Following the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek by Saudi authorities in January this year, Sri Lanka initiated measures to discourage unskilled women seeking employment in the Middle Eastern countries.
The government raised the minimum age to 25 for housemaids going to Saudi Arabia for employment while for other countries the women must be at least 23 years old. And also from April this year, it is mandatory for the women seeking employment in the Middle East to successfully complete the level three of the National Vocational Qualification test.
However, the unskilled domestic workers bring a great portion of the foreign income to the country.