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EU considers Sri Lanka request to increase skilled labour migration

ECONOMYNEXT – A Sri Lankan request to increase skilled labour migration to the European Union was taken up for consideration at a joint forum of officials of both sides set up to combat illegal migration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The 5th meeting of the Joint Readmission Committee between Sri Lanka and the European Community was held at the ministry in Colombo on Monday, a statement said.

It is part of an initiative to combat illegal migration with the agreement guaranteeing the safe return of illegal migrants and failed asylum seekers back to their country of origin.

“On a proposal made by the Sri Lanka delegation, the potential for enhancing Sri Lanka’s presence in the European Union skilled labour migration market was explored,” the statement said. 

Currently, a significant number of Sri Lankan migrant workers are employed in the European Union Member States. 

Both parties pledged support in fulfilling the obligations under the agreement at the forum which deals with issues in operationalising its provisions, including implementation with EU member states.

“The Parties exchanged information on the implementation process of the Agreement, statistics with regard to returnees, return and reintegration support, skilled migration and the readmission policy of both Sri Lanka and the European Union,” the statement said.
(COLOMBO, March 12, 2019-SB)