Arrested Sri Lankan migrant workers to be deported from Qatar

Arrested Sri Lankan migrant workers to be deported from Qatar

Arrested Sri Lankan migrant workers to be deported from Qatar

Written by Staff Writer

16 May, 2015 | 7:45 pm

Twelve Sri Lankans who were arrested by Qatar authorities on charges of engaging in a trade union action after a fire at a labour camp in Al Sailiya in Qatar have been blacklisted.

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment says that the government of Qatar has taken steps to deport the Sri Lankans.

A fire that broke out in a labor camp in Al Sailiya on the 8th of May left approximately 300 Sri Lankans, employed at a Janitorial Service Company in Qatar, homeless. They have been provided with temporary lodging after the fire. Expatriates who did not report to work under these circumstances have been arrested by the Qatar authorities.

Nanadapala Wickramasooriya, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment said that the Qatar police had made 12 arrests as they had engaged in a strike action while remaining in the shelter. However, the Sri Lankan expatriates deny the allegations of engaging in a strike.

A Sri Lankan working in Qatar said that when the fire broke out they were told that they will be provided with lodging and after ten days they would be sent back to the country. According to a group of Sri Lankans, all their belongings had burnt to ashes and the authorities have not provided them with any form of compensation.

They also point out that there are a large number of Sri Lankans whose visas too had expired and claim that they need to be brought to Sri Lanka soon.

Nanadapala Wickramasooriya the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment noted that he will dispatch his officers and take necessary measures to bring them back to the country.

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