Qatar received more than 44,000 workers from Sri Lanka last year, according to a report posted in a Sri-Lanka-based website.
The website, The Migrant News, quoting officials of Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment, reported that about 44,000 Sri Lankans reached Qatar for taking up 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.
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 amounted to nearly 22% of the total outflow from Sri Lanka,” reported the website, quoting Ruhunage.
The website termed Qatar as the largest employment provider to Sri Lankan nationals in the last two years. A vast majority of Sri Lankan migrants who moved to Qatar were males, it said.
The increasing labour movement to Qatar has taken place in the wake of some important bilateral agreements between the two countries, it noted.