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Over 6000 have returned

2013 Jul 26

The Ministry of Foreign Employment says over 6000 Sri Lankans employed in Saudi Arabia illegally have made used of an amnesty period and returned to the country.

Foreign Employment Minister Dilan Perera said that there were 16000 Sri Lankans employed in Saudi Arabia illegally.

However after the Saudi authorities offered an amnesty period, 6000 Sri Lankans got exit permits and left the country.

He however said that several Sri Lankans are still working illegally in the Middle Eastern country and he urged them to make use of the amnesty period before they face arrest.

The Minister said that the Sri Lankan mission in Saudi Arabia has taken measures to assist Sri Lankans who seek to return to the island. (Colombo Gazette)

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