Local News Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka will resume repatriations from July 31 as there are 6,000 to 8,000 Sri Lankan nationals who urgently need to be brought back to the country due to job losses and the loss of accommodation in their country of residence, Admiral Jayanath Colombage told Daily Mirror yesterday, Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations.
Two flights from the UAE will arrive on July 31 and August 1 carrying workers stranded there while another 50,000 more citizens stranded in many countries will be returned once repatriations begin at the end of the month.
“All in all there are about 50,000 people who want to come back. Immediately we have to get back about 6,000 to 8,000 who are the most vulnerable group. Those are people who have lost their jobs, lost their places to live,” Colombage said.
With the passing of time, however, Colombage said those who want to return home could increase, and the government would encourage the return of all those Sri Lankan citizens back to the country.
Repatriations were initially postponed to early September after being suspended on July 14 following the transformation of the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center into a cluster and sending thousands into the quarantine centers.
Nevertheless, with the cluster now completely under control and no danger identified in society, a decision to restart repatriations was made. The BIA is expected to be closed until September, however, as originally planned after cluster detection in Kandakadu.