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A number of 158 Sri Lankan expatriate workers have died up to now this year, and 120 out of them died due to natural causes, Foreign Employment Promotion Minister Dilan Perera said in Parliament yesterday.

Apart from that two suicides were reported and 16 deaths had occurred due to road accidents while twenty workers had died as a result of industrial hazards at their workplaces.

Mr. Perera participating in the committee stage debate of his Ministry stressed that the government’s policy was to discourage women from leaving the country for foreign employment.

 “Instead, we want to send skilled workers.  We increased the age limit to 21 for women seeking foreign employment.  We intend to increase this age limit further in the next few years. A lot of these women leave for foreign employment as they have no means to earn their livelihood here,” he said. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:33 AM

    Obviously, the concerned Ministers will do sweet nothing because they are the ultimate beneficiaries of all that foreign exchange remitted by these workers.

    Deepal Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:27 AM

    What is the benefit the depedends got from FEB?

    Abdul Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:43 AM

    stop sending for slave work out of the country. how can we walk out as prestigious sri lankans when our women wash plates in the middle east

    Duminda Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:47 AM

    Dear Minister Dilan

    You're a Royalist. It is shame to note that SL still exporting women as domestic helpers. They live overseas in very pathetic situation & SL know as a shameless country in the worl in this saga. Some of these women behave we cannot write.. Please do make arrangements to stop these nonsense right now. Otherwise we will get mixed bastards in the future. This is the truth.

    Prof Wickramatillake Thursday, 29 November 2012 03:50 AM

    Shocking!!! What are the Ministries concerned doing?

    uae Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:14 AM

    may i know where you live... Give her or her husband, father talk BS...

    uae Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:24 AM

    They are busy reading news papers


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