Over 6000 migrant workers repatriated from Kuwait

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait has repatriated over 6000 Sri Lankans out of 9000 persons registered with the Embassy. This continuous process of repatriation has been carried out under the guidance of Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Foreign Secretary Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage.

The returnees included Sri Lankan migrant workers held at the Kuwait Government Deportation Centre, the Kuwait Government Shelter and the Safe House maintained by the Embassy.

Following the advice of Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Foreign Employment Promotions and Market Diversification State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has been providing free hotel quarantine facilities to migrant workers returning from the Middle Eastern Region.

Accordingly, 150 returnees who left Kuwait on 12 April 2021 received free hotel quarantine facilities.

The Embassy has coordinated with several airlines in the region that operate from Kuwait to Sri Lanka in an effort to bring down the repatriation package for migrant workers to Kuwait Dinar 250 which is inclusive of 01 PCR test in Kuwait, airfare, 02 PCR tests in Colombo and quarantine charges for seven days.