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68,000 Sri Lankans abroad wait-listed for repatriation: Foreign Secretary

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  • The latest fortnightly schedule of flights finalised to be operated between 2-9 January 2021
  • 1,400 passengers from Chennai, Melbourne, Kuwait, Doha, Canada, Cyprus and Dubai are to be flown in. 
  • Despite the worsening global situation triggered by the Covid pandemic, the process of repatriation of Sri Lankans continues 
  • The Ministry, as measures of immediate relief, had air lifted over 10,000 packs of dry rations and indigenous medicines

 

Approximately 68,000 Sri Lankans overseas have been wait- listed by the Foreign Ministry for repatriation, Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage said.   

He said that as the conditions abroad deteriorate and due to the large number of people being laid off including  unemployment prevailing, the number of prospective returnees kept rising.   
 The latest fortnightly schedule of flights finalised to be operated between 2-9 January 2021, will include 1,400 passengers from Chennai, Melbourne, Kuwait, Doha, Canada, Cyprus and Dubai, Foreign Secretary Admiral (Rtd) Jayanath Colombage said.   
 Despite the worsening global situation triggered by the Covid pandemic, the process of repatriation of Sri Lankans continued to ensure swift return of Sri Lankans who were in distress.     Since the evacuation of 33 students from the Wuhan City, in February 2019, the Ministry had been carrying out the task of repatriation for almost a year now and to date 60,470 Sri Lankans, comprising pilgrims, students, Officials of Government or Armed Forces, migrant workers, short term visitors, seafarers and those on compassionate grounds had been repatriated from 137 countries by the Ministry through the Sri Lanka Missions overseas.   

 Over 40,000 migrant workers, predominantly from the Middle East region had been the top segment of overseas workers who had benefited so far whereas another 20,000 Sri Lankans had been brought down from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin American regions.   
 “The Ministry, as measures of immediate relief, had air lifted over 10,000 packs of dry rations and indigenous medicines to Male`, Dubai and Doha for the first time in the history of Sri Lanka and had provided around Rs.80 Million so far for the sustenance of our communities overseas,” the Foreign Secretary said.   

 The funds were mainly aimed at supplying basic medicine, testing, temporary accommodation, protective gears, internal transportation and in some cases the air tickets.   
 “Meanwhile, the Ministry and its 67 Missions continue to hold discussions with friendly nations, UN Agencies and regional organizations and have secured as grants and donations, large consignments of PCR test kits, RAT kits, test machines, lifesaving medicines, ventilators, humidifiers and huge quantities of PPEs and face masks towards reinforcing the national Covid containment efforts, which has spared the Government from incurring a huge sum of funds,” it is said.   


 The Missions were also said to be closely following the developments with regard to manufacturing of vaccines and serving as a conduit of vital and timely information on the feasibilities of sourcing the vaccine from foreign countries.   “


*Meanwhile, the Ministry and its 67 Missions continue to hold  discussions with friendly nations, UN Agencies and regional  organizations and have secured as grants and donations,

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