Migration is not a new phenomenon in Sri Lanka. However, issues related to migration have generated a lot of interest in the recent past because of its significant, increasing contribution to the national economy in the form of inward remittances and because of its capacity for generating employment opportunities for the local labour force. Increasing reports of abuses and Ill treatment of certain kind of unskilled labour force; especially of the domestic workers, further drew attention of the government and other stakeholders who are working on migration issues.
CEPAs previous research reveals that the outcome of migration is an important factor which helps people move out of poverty. In the mean time many fall into poverty in the contexts of forced migration. CEPA believes that it is important to encourage an informed migration while maximizing the benefits of migration. The unskilled labourers are the most vulnerable group among the migrants who prime targets for high level of exploitation. Lack of availability and accessibility of information are the most important causes of this vulnerability.
CEPAs research focusing on the migration thematic is formulated in order to address this information gap by generating new evidence and to channel the information to the needy stakeholders. Migration thematic is oriented towards the vision of creating a conducive and safe environment for migrants where the decision making takes place in an informed manner so that the benefits of migration are maximized.
Objectives of the migration thematic are to:
Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues. CEPA believes that poverty is an injustice that should be overcome and that overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty.
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