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									ON-SITE SUPPORT SERVICES
      FOR SRI LANKAN
   OVERSEAS WORKERS


       Prof. P.V.B. Karunatilaka
              Chairman
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment
           Types of Labour
              Migration

   Authorized Migration


   Unauthorized Migration
Gulf Co-operation Council
     (GCC) Countries
  No. of Sri Lankan workers
       in GCC countries

   Country     Male      Female    Total
Saudi Arabia    95,823   164,105   259,928
Kuwait          24,129   114,426   138,555
UAE             46,698    69,771   116,469
Qatar           65,333    15,163    80,496
Oman             5,392     9,265    14,657
Bahrain          3,897    11,557    15,454
Total          241,272   384,287   625,559
 Gender wise Comparison of contract
   migratory workers (Year 2004)

               Female
              (Others)
                11%

                           Male
                           37%




   Female
(Housemaid)
    52%
       Ministry of Labour Relations &
          Foreign Employment of
                  Sri Lanka
   Involved in policy development and
    Implementation on labour related issues
   Coordinates with all institutions involving
    migration
   Oversees functions of The Sri Lanka
    Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE)
About SLBFE…
        A government incorporated body
        established in 1985.

 promotes employment for Sri Lankans
    in foreign countries
 regulates all operations of licenced
    foreign employment agents for better
    services
 ensuring welfare and well-being of
    Sri Lankans employed abroad including
    their families
 maintains a database on workers overseas
    Common Problems faced by
     overseas contract workers
   Breach of Contract
   Harassments
   Non Payment of Salaries
   Over-keeping the contract period
   Legal Issues & Imprisonment
   Death or Serious Illness
   Illegal Cross-Border Migration
On-Site Support Services
Overseas missions,
   Conciliation and mediation over disputes
    between Sri Lankan workers and their
    Sponsors
   Provide welfare assistance to Sri Lankan
    contract workers which includes,

         medical and hospital services
         repatriation of distressed Sri Lankan
         workers
         extending legal services to victimized
         contract workers
         custodial services at the Safe Houses in
         missions
    On-Site Support Services
    Contd….
    Overseas Missions,
   Provide consular services such as issuing and
    renewal of passports, extending of visas.
   Organising cultural and recreational events
    for Sri Lankans.
   Conduct mobile services in certain GCC
    countries.
   Initiating programmes for Sri Lankan
    Diaspora to help overseas contract workers.
On-Site Support Services
Contd….
   On-line web based information system
    for renewal of registration of overseas
    contract workers.
   Video conferencing facility for overseas
    contract workers.
    Backup services

   Scholarships and school equipment to
    children of overseas contract workers
   Compensation of Insurance
   Host-country based insurance cover
   loans for prospective overseas contract
    workers
   Special welfare centre for contract
    workers returning in distress
Allocation for Labour Sections in
  foreign missions for Support
        Services in 2004

  Country         Expenditure (US $)
  Saudi Arabia            488,260.86

  Kuwait                  478,308.09

  U.A.E                   229,426.22

  Oman                     78,258.98

  Qatar                    60,626.60

								
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