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Repatriation of migrant workers temporarily suspended

The Foreign Affairs Ministry decided to temporarily suspend the repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. Speaking to the Daily News, Director General of East Asia to the Foreign Relations Ministry Kandeepan Balasupramaniam said, this decision was made due to the current situation. Even though the Ministry had decided to reschedule flights, it has now decided to temporarily suspend the repatriation process.

Last week, the Ministry stated that flights will not be cancelled, but was compelled to change the earlier schedule due to the current situation of the Minuwangoda cluster in the Gampaha District.

Over 50,000 Sri Lankans have expressed keenness to return to the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Temporary halt in repatriation of Lankans until further notice (12:24)

The repatriation process will be temporarily halted due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the country.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has decided to suspend the repatriation of Sri Lankans until further notice, said the Foreign Secretary Admiral (Retired) Prof. Jayanath Colombage.

He also said that, the flights bringing stranded Sri Lankans, would be restricted considering the capacity of the quarantine centres and hospitals resulting from the new cluster in the country.