12 stranded SL migrant workers to be repatriated from Somaliland

28 May 2018 11:56 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Twelve Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded as a result of a labour dispute in Somaliland, a self-declared state of Somalia, would return to Sri Lanka shortly, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

The Ministry said the workers would be brought back safely in coordination with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In a statement, the Ministry said Sri Lanka does not have diplomatic and consular presence in Somaliland.

“Therefore, the Ministry and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Addis Ababa worked with the IOM Office in Hargeisa which interceded to negotiate with the employer concerned in Somaliland to resolve the labour dispute, to secure the release of the Sri Lankans, and facilitate their safe return,” it said.

The Sri Lankan Government expressed its gratitude to the IOM for the role it played by providing assistance to the Government and people of Sri Lanka on this particular occasion as well as in the past in many similar situations.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry urged all Sri Lankans to be cautious in undertaking employment in high risk territories in which Sri Lanka does not have resident diplomatic and consular presence.

  Comments - 10

  • Ceylon Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:26 AM

    These poor people go to african jungles becayse tgey dont work in srilanka.idiots and thieves who ruling lanka cant create jobs after 70 years of self rule.still working and living what uk did developments.

    Premalal Tuesday, 29 May 2018 02:07 PM

    This shows how desperate the people are.

    Ahmed Tuesday, 29 May 2018 01:37 AM

    so sri lankans are providing labour even for somaliland ?

    sss Tuesday, 29 May 2018 05:29 AM

    The Foreign Affairs Ministry urged ... What a joke. The government encourage people to go even to hell because politicians and educated free of charge officials need dollars for thier dutyfree luxury imports

    Kulanan Tuesday, 29 May 2018 06:08 AM

    Sri lanka itself becoming high risk for its own people due to the 225 presence in the parliment

    Stan Tuesday, 29 May 2018 07:02 AM

    Isn't the British Embassy responsible for Commonwealth Citizen whose countries are not represented in a nation?

    Thassim Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:08 AM

    Why do we even send our sisters and brothers to work in such countries. Srilanka's GDP 10x Somalilands and there is so much rift and tension in these countries which is extremely risky for our folks there. Hope they were not brain washed by our agents here.

    Fiqi fishing company Sunday, 03 June 2018 09:17 PM

    I employ 15 sri lankan divers in somaliland and the get payed better then my uk employees

    kumar Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:27 PM

    This is part of YAHAPALANA miracle, people are free to TRAVEL.This says how the conditions in Lanka.

    From Somalia Tuesday, 29 May 2018 03:54 PM

    Christians are killing muslims in that country at a rate .

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