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Sri Lankan govt. to repatriate 30k workers stranded in Middle East due to unaffordable quarantine fees

Colombo airport, Sri Lanka

"Sri Lanka to bring back 30,000 migrant workers stranded in Middle East," 3 Apr 2021

Sri Lanka is to bring back some 30,000 migrant workers stranded in the Middle East and unable to return due to high quarantine fees at home…

The decision comes after recent reports highlighted the plight of Sri Lankan workers who lost their jobs to pandemic shutdowns, and were left unable to go home as they could not afford mandatory isolation on arrival under their country’s coronavirus rules…

He added that the returning migrant workers will no longer be charged for accommodation during their quarantine and the agency is planning to complete the repatriation process within the next three months