Outward Bound

Feb 05, 2008 (LBO) – The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Sri Lanka’s Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) have opened a National Centre for Migration Statistics in Colombo. . “As a country with high outward migration, Sri Lanka needs reliable statistics on migration patterns and flows to formulate effective migration policies,” said IOM Sri Lanka chief of mission Mohammad Abdi Ker, in a statement

The centre, which is housed at the DCS, is funded by the European Commission and Australia.

It will serve as a central body where statistical data related to migration will be collected, stored, analyzed and made available to the public through the departmental website.

This centre will enhance the capacity of the Sri Lankan government to collect reliable, comprehensive and sustainable data on migration, which at present is scattered among various government departments and international organizations, said DCS director general Suranjana Vidyaratne.

The centre will source its data from various stakeholders including the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, the Departments of Police, Immigration and Emigration; UN agencies and diplomatic missions.