Oct 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka will soon sign an agreement with Italy on labour migration as a measure to curb the illegal immigration of Sri Lankans to that country.
The two governments have held negotiations on reducing the trend of illegal migration to Italy and finalized a draft agreement for bilateral cooperation on migration of labour which is to be signed by representatives of the two countries.
The Sri Lankan cabinet of ministers acting on a proposal forwarded by the Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera has given approval to sign the agreement with the Italian authorities.
The agreement will establish a Local Coordinating Office at the Italian Embassy in Colombo and the Italian government will provide assistance on the linguistic and vocational training of Sri Lankan workers to suit the needs of that country.
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and the Italian Coordinating Office will regulate the recruitment based on an annual preferential quota for Sri Lankan workers determined by the Italian government depending on their market requirement.
Italian Government normally offers 3,500 job quotas a year to Sri Lanka but those offers are taken by the hundreds of Sri Lankans illegally entering Italy.