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While saying that they were able to repatriate around 2,400 Sri Lankans since January 2021, Charge d’affairs of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh Madhuka Wickramarachchi said they have yet a growing waiting list of another 1,800 people.

In a statement, he said it has prioritised the most vulnerable categories, such as people who need urgent medical attention, students and the elderly to be included in the flights.

“We are astonished by the number of people who have contacted the Embassy with life-threatening illnesses such as cardio-vascular diseases and cancer. We are trying our best to accommodate them on available flights. During the month of February, we were able to accommodate segments of Sri Lankans from the Saudi deportation camps, jails etc. Many people want to go through government-sponsored quarantine facilities and are waiting until they get an opportunity,” Wickramarachchi said.

“Some of the male workers who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 peak period have now found some substitute work. Most of the workers who had lost their jobs are from the ‘semi-skilled’ category, such as bartenders, waiters, helpers, construction assistants etc. This has to some extent lessened the stress from the Embassy,” he stressed.

“Nevertheless, at present, we could see that new recruitments are slowly rebounding.(SHEAIN FERNANDOPULLE)


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  • Ansar Thursday, 04 March 2021 03:16 PM

    Embassy of sri lanka in Riyadh never put any steps to send back the migrate workers who are suffering at deportation camps in Riyadh. There are more than 40 maids are staying since 8 to 1 years without any help of Embassy. some maids have kids. As a social activities....i sent an email to Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment regarding the maids issue to send back them soon as possible to Sri Lanka. Emabssy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh....never response in this regards.


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