Job threat in Saudi: Govt. considering other options

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The Sri Lankan government is considering alternative economies of other countries instead of Saudi Arabia where the most number of Sri Lankan migrant workers are currently employed in.

The decision was made by Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala due to fears of Sri Lankan migrant workers losing their jobs as a result of the current economic crisis faced by Saudi Arabia.

“With the fall of fuel prices, an economic crisis occurred in the Saudi Arabian economy. Subsequently, the number of foreign workers who migrated to Saudi was going down. However, instead of Saudi Arabia, we will be looking at other options,”

The Minister said she was hopeful that a better economy could be found by the Sri Lankan government.

She assured that Sri Lankan migrant workers would not be affected by the economic crisis in Saudi.

However, twelve Sri Lankans who had been working in ‘Saad Trading Company’ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have already lost their jobs and they are yet to return to the country.

Meanwhile, some 100 Sri Lankans who were working in ‘Saudi Oger Company’ are facing a risk of losing their jobs.

The Sri Lankan government is yet to take action on behalf of the 100 Sri Lankans. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • TONY Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:31 AM

    WHO AND WHY CURSE SAUDI. HOW MUCH WOULD SRI LANKANS HAVE EARNED AND REMITTED FOREX TO LANKA FOR OVER 40 YEARS

    Uncikun Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:57 AM

    Good news. The end to modern slavery.

    Premalal Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:03 AM

    What happened to the Prime minister's promise of one million jobs in the country? The crisis in Saudi is a blessing for this country. We could stop sending young women and mothers for slavery. The President vows to ban alcohol and tobacco which is a good thing but break up of families are worse.

    Stunned Citizen Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:07 AM

    Only thing the successive governments are concerned of is how to we spend the hard earned Foreign Exchange sent.

    usaguy Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:12 AM

    ya give them jobs out of the 1M jobs RW promised 18 months ago. BTW how many jobs has he created so far via DM Android App

    acs Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:14 AM

    Also to keep our people from murdering Saudis.

    EconoMister Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:26 AM

    What would happen if all Sri lankans working in the Arab Gulf returned to the Island...already there are no jobs for youth?

    thanos Tuesday, 09 August 2016 12:37 PM

    This could be a blessing in disguise.

    usaguy Tuesday, 09 August 2016 12:52 PM

    economister. dont worry RWHAS a million jobs in his office. via DM Android App

    Veda-mama Tuesday, 09 August 2016 02:31 PM

    Importing of luxury cars for politicians and government servants will have to be put on hold until another source of slavery to earn foreign exchange is found.

    anja Tuesday, 09 August 2016 02:55 PM

    Saudi should be swept from worldly map.Cursed country via DM Android App

    Ahamed Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:08 AM

    so lanka is searching for another countries to export maids ? when we will stop being a nation of maids ?

    Anamika Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:23 AM

    Here's a better idea. Why don't we get our act together and make Sri Lanka a better economy, instead going abroad to get abused?

    dayaweerasinghe Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:06 AM

    Saudies the most disgusting naton of the world........stop sending Sri Lankans to these disgusting nations...!

    IVJ Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:37 AM

    Yeh right, she can only find better economies in other planets right now.


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