The Government has finally scheduled a slew of flights to bring back Sri Lankan migrants stranded abroad, after initially cancelling some flights and resisting repatriation as a large number of migrant workers in the middle east was feared to be infected with COVID-19, Sunday Times Newspaper reported.
Flights were scheduled to arrive from the Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Madagascar, Pakistan, Seychelles, South Korea and Qatar starting on Saturday. However, it will require many more trips before everyone who has registered to return are brought back to motherland.
Meanwhile many Sri Lankans who are stranded abroad are urging the Government to make urgent arrangements bring them back.
Multiple organisations and individuals have urged the government through various mechanisms including social media over the past two months.