Lankans get amnesty


Hundreds of Sri Lankans living in Lebanon illegally have been given a three month grace period to return to Sri Lanka without facing a penalty, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Lebanon M. Mahroof told Daily Mirror online.

The envoy aid that the grace follows negotiations he had with the Interior Minister of the country adding that notices will now be published informing all Sri Lankans of the offer.

“According to the Lebanese law those overstaying must pay over US $ 200 as penalties. But now Sri Lankans living in Lebanon illegally as well as those in prison can return to the country without paying any penalties,” Ambassador Mahroof told Daily Mirror online.

Sri Lankans seeking to make use of this opportunity must visit the Sri Lankan Embassy in Lebanon and obtain the relevant documents but will have to bear the travel costs on their own, the envoy added.

There are nearly 80,000 Sri Lankans living in Lebanon for over 30 years and of this approximately 2000 are believed to be staying in the country illegally, Ambassador Mahroof added. (Daily Mirror online)



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