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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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