Welcome to IOM Sri Lanka

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) works to encourage social and economic development through migration, and remains committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

IOM in Sri Lanka works in close partnership with national and local government institutions, non-governmental agencies, grass-roots, community organizations and the donor community, to assist national entities to address pressing and complex challenges in migration management, to respond to the needs created by humanitarian emergencies in the country and to ensure improved living conditions for vulnerable communities.

Latest News and Events

Maldives passes bill to criminalize human trafficking

Posted on Fri, Dec-06-2013

Maldives – IOM commends the Government of the Maldives this week on passing a bill on anti-human trafficking, which makes trafficking in persons a criminal offence with perpetrators liable to 10 to 15 years imprisonment. The bill, which entered the Maldivian parliament – the People’s Majlis – in April 2013, also criminalizes offenses such as forced labour and fraudulent recruitment as acts of human trafficking. IOM has been closely involved with counter trafficking activities in the Maldives over the past few years and will continue to support the government and non-government partners in areas of prevention, prosecution, and protection.


Empowering Sri Lanka’s migrant workers through language training

Posted on Tue, Nov-12-2013

Sri Lanka – A multimedia foreign language learning centre for outbound migrant workers was officially opened last week in Ratmalana as part of a program implemented by IOM in partnership with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), with support from the IOM Development Fund. The centre is one of the largest language training facilities in Sri Lanka and has the capacity to train approximately 1,800 workers annually.