Around 40,000 Sri Lankans who were helpless due to the COVID-19 epidemic repatriated: Foreign Minister

Around 40,000 Sri Lankans who were stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 epidemic have already been repatriated, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said speaking at the launch of the Sri Lanka Chapter of the United Nations Global Network on Migration

Nov 12, 2020
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Around 40,000 Sri Lankans who were stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 epidemic have already been repatriated, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said speaking at the launch of the Sri Lanka Chapter of the United Nations Global Network on Migration.

Delivering the opening address at the launch, the Minister said during the first wave of the pandemic early this year Sri Lanka, launched the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ web portal to gather empirical data on the immediate requirements of these workers, and to guide and provide information and to assist in emergencies.

“We currently have over 98,000 Sri Lankans registered in this database across the Middle East, Southern Europe and to the Far East, Malaysia, Korea and Japan,” he said.

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