44,000 Sri Lankans take up Qatar jobs in 2009

August 2, 2010

Habib Toumi

Bureau chief

Manama: Qatar, reportedly the largest employment provider to Sri Lankan nationals in the last two years, received more than 44,000 workers from Sri Lanka last year, a Sri-Lanka-based website said.

The website, The Migrant News, quoting officials from the Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment, reported that about 44,000 Sri Lankans went to Qatar for employment in 2009. “This constituted about 18% of the total outflow of workers from Sri Lanka,” it said.

In the first quarter of the current year also, there was a considerable movement of Sri Lankan workers to Qatar, the website reported, according to Qatari daily Gulf Times.

Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau additional general manager A M Ruhunage said Qatar had received more than 15,000 Sri Lankans in the first quarter of this year. “This amounts to nearly 22% of the total outflow from Sri Lanka,” reported the website, quoting Ruhunage.

The website, terming Qatar as the largest employment provider to Sri Lankan nationals in the last two years, said that the majority of Sri Lankan migrants who moved to Doha were men.

The increase in labour movement to Qatar follows the signing of bilateral agreements between the two countries, the website said.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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