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 The Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion
 Overseas employment is the largest
and Welfare, as a human resource ministry, was re-created as a standalone institution, on 22nd November 2010. With this, it was also assigned a new responsibility, that of attending to the concerns of the Diaspora. A key responsibility of the Ministry is to satisfy foreign demand for the employment of Sri Lanka personnel. This is its supply function. World remittance income from foreign employment is US $ 400 Billion. Sri Lanka’s share is 1%, having received about US $ 4.1 Billion in 2010. Remittance income is by far the highest foreign exchange earner for Sri Lanka, providing 33% of her foreign exchange. Remittance income is 8% of Sri Lanka’s GDP, gained from Sri Lanka’s work force abroad. This work force is about 17% of Sri Lanka’s total labour force. The foci of the ministry are many fold. One is to increase its percentage of total world remittance income. Another is to rebrand the labour force, which is now mainly unskilled to becoming semi-skilled and skilled..
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 293,105 (59.7% of males & 40.3% females) left for employment in 2013. During 2013, total remittances received amounted to US $. 6.4 Billion (LKR 827.7 Billion)The present policy for the development of this sector is to lay greater emphasis to provide more employment abroad to skilled and professional categories which will have a higher earning capacity and less employment related problems. Another policy initiative is to seek new employment sources..
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 based on Mahinda Chinthana- Vision for the future.
  • 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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Establishment of a Database of Overseas Sri Lankans

Overseas Sri Lankans are one of the most worthy assets of Sri Lanka. However, still we have not taken any positive initiative to harness the potential of this valuable resource, which will be beneficial to both overseas Sri Lankans and to our country.
In view of above situation, this ministry has planned to implement a program to get the details of all overseas Sri Lankans entered into a data base with the assistance of Sri Lanka...

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