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Minimum age limit for migrating domestic aides raised

Jan 26, 2011 10:03:05 AM - itnnews.lk

The Cabinet of ministers has decided to increase the minimum age limit for migration as domestic workers, to 21 years from the age of 18 years.

This was a proposal submitted to the Cabinet by Minister Dilan Perera. The Government Information Department said that ass per the data nearly 50 percent of Sri Lankans migrating for foreign employment are females of which large category goes as domestic workers. Majority of labour receiving countries do not have a minimum age limit for females to be taken in for employment to their countries, especially for the domestic sector. But a tendency for abuses and vulnerability to different forms of exploitation appears to be commonly associated with young female domestic workers abroad. The National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka declared in October 2009 had also emphasized the importance of stipulating the minimum age for female domestic migrant workers as 21 years.