Productive jobs for Lankans outside West Asia

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) yesterday announced that the country’s workers would get productive employment opportunities outside in Italy, China, Australia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Azerbaijan and Korea with attractive remuneration. They could work with freedom, equality and most importantly, job security, Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera said.

He said: "For the first time, trained Sri Lankan miners will get the opportunity to work in Australia with attractive remuneration packages and male and female caregivers will be sent to Italy while female housemaids will get work permits in Cyprus."

Under the proposed overseas job programme, the Minister said, Lankan nurses would be sent to Qatar, while teachers would get the opportunity to work in Seychelles. Housemaids would be upgraded to the post of House Aides to enable them to perform their duties with dignity.

A large number of Lankans would be sent to internationally recognised companies in Italy, China, Australia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Azerbaijan and Korea, the Minister said.

"Training centres will be set up countrywide to train workers," he added.

According to the SLBFE statistics, out of 1.7 million Lankans employed abroad, 80 percent are employed in West Asia. More than 500,000 Sri Lankans work in Saudi Arabia, mostly as housemaids. 

The Saudi government recently deported 65 Sri Lankan migrant employees for violating the service agreements.

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