Cabinet approves proposal to bring back migrant workers

By Indika Sri Aravinda

Cabinet has approved a proposal to bring back Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in Kuwait, the Maldives and Dubai.

Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena submitted a proposal to the cabinet in this regard today, cabinet co-spokesman Ramesh Pathirana said.

He said that while Sri Lankan students stranded overseas are currently being brought back to Sri Lanka, as the next step the Sri Lankan migrant workers will be flown back.

Pathirana said that a private sponsor has already offered to pay for the air tickets to bring the Sri Lankans in Kuwait back.

Over 600 Sri Lankan migrant workers in Kuwait had this week sought to return to Sri Lanka using the amnesty period granted to them.

The visa period for the migrant workers had expired and an amnesty period was granted to them till 25 April.

They had requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to intervene and bring them back like several Sri Lankans were brought back from other parts of the world. (Colombo Gazette)


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