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Minister’s message

Secretary’s message
 Overseas employment is the largest

Sri Lankan expatriate workers form the largest source of income in terms of foreign exchange brought to our country. It is the bounden duty of His Excellency the President as well as the Government to ensure maximum welfare of the families of our expatriate workers. In appreciation, it is proposed to create a Pension Scheme for expatriate workers, as well as to increase rates of interest on Non Resident Foreign Currency Accounts.

In addition, our Ministry plans to create new markets for skilled labour, and maximize earnings in the form of foreign exchange.
Overseas employment is the largest source of foreign exchange in the Sri Lankan economy. Since 1970's when formal employment migration commenced, foreign employment has generated substantial inflows of remittance at the same time relieving pressure on unemployment of youth by providing employment abroad. An estimated 1.7 million Sri Lankans are employed abroad impacting nearly 25% of our population. A total of 300,413 (63.22% of males &36.78% females) left for employment in 2014. During 2014, total remittances received amounted to US $. 7.018 Billion (LKR 916.367 Billion)
Our Vision:
To be the leading policy maker and implementer to create gainful foreign employment opportunities, whilst protecting rights of migrant workers and ensuring their welfare and protection.
Our Mission:
To convert the entire labour migration sector into a demand driven process and make it highly competitive by introducing required structural changes together with necessary promotional and welfare activities to meet the international market challenges considering the importance of its contribution to the national economy.”
Functions of the Ministry:
  • Formulation and implementation of policies, programms and projects for Foreign Employment industry
  • Promotion of Foreign Employment
  • Welfare of migrant workers
  • Regulation and Supervision of Employment Agencies.
  • Career guidance on Foreign Employment
  • Supervision of SLBFE and SLFEA
  • Welfare of expatriate Sri Lankans.
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Latest News
New Chairman of Foreign Employment Agency assumes duties

Mr. Lakshman Abeygunaratne assumed duties today (12.03.2015) as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Agency, the only state sector foreign employment agency under the purview of the Ministry of Foreign Employment. Mr. Abeygunasekara is a former minister of the Western Provincial Council. The Minister of Foreign Employment attorney at law Thalatha Athukorale, the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Employment Mr. G.S. Vithanag...

New board of directors of the Foreign Employment Bureau assumes duties…

The new Board of Directors of the Ministry of Foreign Employment received their letters of appointment from the Minister of Foreign Employment, attorney at law Mrs Thalatha Athukorale at the Ministry this morning. (13.03.2015).

The members of the new board of directors are:

  • 1. Nevile Karunaratne Attorney at law
  • 2. Gananatha Weerasinghe
5000 Korean jobs in 2015

Korean ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. Chang Won-Sum paid a courtesy call on Foreign EmploymentMinister, attorney at law Thalatha Athukorale at the Ministry of Foreign Employment yesterday. The ambassador conveyed to the Minister that additional employment opportunities could be secured for Sri Lankans from the Korean government with a maximum of 4300 jobs in the industrial sector and a large number of employment opportunities in the fisheries se...

New Board for Foreign Employment Agency appointed….

The new board of directors of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Agency received their appointments from the Minister of Foreign Employment, attorney at law Thalatha Athukorale at the Foreign Employment Bureau yesterday. (25.03.2015)

The newly appointed Board members are:

  • 1. S.K. Kurukulasinghe
  • 2. Lalith Peiris, Attorney at law
Bogus employment agencies mushrooming….. Don’t fall prey to fraudsters, requests Minister Thalatha Athukorale and vows to punish culprits

Minister of Foreign Employment, attorney at law Mrs. Thalatha Athukorale claims that reports of bogus job agencies have been received from many areas of the island. Some agencies operating at village levels had not even been registered with the Foreign Employment Bureau which was a compulsory requirement, said the Minister and pointed out that many village women had fallen prey to these racketeers and their families too had been destroyed as a...

Bureau to amend Mo U between Sri Lanka and Qatar

The Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign employment Mr G.S.Vithanage and the Chairman of the ForeignEmployment Bureau, attorney at law Nandapala Wickremasuriya undertook a visit to Qatar on the instructions of the Minister of Foreign Employment Mrs. Thalatha Athukorale on the 29th and 30th of last month. They met with Labour Minister of Qatar Mr. Abdullah Saleh Al Khulaifi and their discussions centered on amending the existing Memorandum of U...

A woman returns home from Saudi Arabia after 15 years ….. receives 1.8 million salary arrears

Foreign Employment Minister attorney at law Thalatha Athukorale requests prospective migrant workers not to seek foreign employment without registering themselves at the Foreign Employment Bureau and points out that most of the problems in foreign employment have been created as a result of not following the due procedure. The Minister made these observations at a media briefing held at the Ministry today (08.04.2015) after handing over a cheq...

Expenses will be minimized and its benefits to be passed on to migrant workers- Minister Thalatha Athukorale

Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorale says that wasteful expenditures at ceremonies conducted for Sri Lankan migrant workers will be minimized and such expenses will absolutely not be permitted in the future events.


The Foreign Employment Minister made these comments at a ceremony held yesterday (10.04.2015) under her patronage at the Ratnapura provincial council building to award scholarship...

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