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Approximately 60,000 Lankans repatriated from 137 countries: Namal

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Nearly 60,000 Sri Lankans who were stranded in overseas due to Covid-19 have been repatriated as of today from 137 countries, Minister Namal Rajapaksa said.

Accordingly, a total of 59,377 Sri Lankans were brought back to the country from various countries including from the Middle East.

To date, 26,812 locals have been repatriated from the Middle East, 12,005 from East Asia, 10,033 from South Asia, 5,484 from UK and Europe, 2026 from the African region, 2,124 from North America, 1,605 from Russia and 189 from Latin America, he said.

"In December alone, 11,323 locals were repatriated and by the end of December, we expect these figures to go up to 12,395 which is the highest number to be repatriated for a month with an average of 400 locals being brought back daily," he said.

The Minister said that a day after Sri Lanka re-opened its borders to welcome the first batch of tourists from Ukraine after nine months which is much to the relief of several sectors who have faced a devastating blow from the COVID-19 pandemic, he had received a number of inquiries asking whether repatriation of local citizens would also continue with so much vigour.

 

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  • BigEars Wednesday, 30 December 2020 04:38 AM

    So there will be a short fall of foreign remittances next year. Will Sri Lanka default?

    Yohan Wednesday, 30 December 2020 04:59 AM

    They paid their own airfare and other expenses including the hotel Quarantine charge. Government didn't spend a cent. Not an achievement of the government.

    Rifai Wednesday, 30 December 2020 05:26 AM

    A Good work at last...

    Stingray Wednesday, 30 December 2020 06:31 AM

    El Dorado for those Govt.cronies who owns hotels!

    Not a Rosy future Wednesday, 30 December 2020 06:45 AM

    Does this also mean, that the Foreign Earnings sent by these expatriate workers, too will dwindle, making us to go to the bottom of poor countries?

    Chux Wednesday, 30 December 2020 06:51 AM

    How about the repatriation business it is happening very well

    Chris Wednesday, 30 December 2020 07:13 AM

    Out of more than a million? Brilliant

    Kanchana Wednesday, 30 December 2020 11:11 AM

    All the repatriates are paying for their own air fare and accomodation at high prices on their own. GOSL is not incurring any loss, instaed they are making money by giving priorities to their friends to charter flights with inclusive of accomodotion charges


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