Migrant workers’ remittances up by 16%, over 200,000 people have gone abroad for work

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Labor and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said the migrant worker remittances received so far has increased by 16% to 325 million dollars, and the number of people who have left for foreign jobs has exceeded 200,000.

The minister further said that Workers’ remittances sent by foreign workers to Sri Lanka recorded an increase of 16.4 percent in August compared to July this year, and the number of workers who have registered with the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment this year has exceeded 200,000.

According to the Minister, the amount of worker remittance which was US$ 279 million in July has increased by US$ 46 million to US$ 325 million by the month of August.

The Minister expressed his gratitude to every expatriate worker who has legally sent money through the banking system, and said all Sri Lankans need the support of expatriate workers at this time.

While this year there was a target of sending 300,000 workers for foreign jobs, the get has been increased to 330,000.


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