Nov 16, 2016

‘Lankans migrated to Europe should be brought back’ Featured

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lankans who had migrated to Europe need to be brought back to obtain their support to promote postwar national reconciliation and build the economy, which are the government’s priority.

He was speaking as chief guest at the 11th ad hoc group senior officials meeting of the Bali process on people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related translation crime in Colombo today (16).

Development of roads in Jaffna or the Wanni or building villages alone cannot bring about real economic development, he said.

The PM said he did not intend to give statistics of human trafficking as investigations were continuing since 2002.

But, as a government, there has been a firm stance with regard to the immigrants issue that has been a bother for the Asian region, he went onto say.

From the periods of the Dutch, English colonial rules, there was no proper system for migration, but since Sri Lanka became an independent nation, decisions were taken to curb them as a country, said the PM.

The stance is moderate with regard to the curbing of illegal migrants, he said.

The PM also said the US was experiencing a big change and the country was now having a situation similar to what had existed 200 years ago, in which immigration would become a disputed issue and countries coming under pressure as a result.

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