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Foreign employment earnings high

Jun 10, 2010 11:07:50 AM - itnnews.lk

Earnings from foreign employment in the first quarter of this year have reached a new high. It is a 14 percent high in comparison to the first three months of last year.

Remittances made by migrant workers in the first quarter of last year stood at 890 million US Dollars. According to the Foreign Employment Bureau, the number which had taken up foreign jobs had also increased by 22 percent.

In comparison to the first three months of last year, the number of jobs received by Sri Lankans in countries such as Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates had registered a growth. More jobs were secured from Libya, Bahrain and Malaysia, following the successful discussions the Sri Lankan Government had with those countries. Chairman of the Foreign Employment Bureau Kingsley Ranawaka said that about 2600 jobs were also secured from South Korea.