31 Sri Lankans deported from Jordan: Statement by Embassy
Deportation of 31 Sri Lankans from Jordan
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Jordan in collaboration with the Public Security Directorate of Jordan, facilitated the deportation of thirty one Sri Lankans who have been granted deportation order by the Jordanian authorities. The said Sri Lankans returned to Sri Lanka on 27 October 2023.
These Sri Lankans entered Jordan on 22 July 2023 on visit/tourist visas with the anticipation of finding job opportunities. Subsequently, they were arrested by the North Amman police station and detained in correction centers following a decision made by the North Amman court on 12 October 2023.
The issue of migrant workers arriving on visit/tourist visas and overstaying or attempting to cross international borders illegally has been a recurring trend in the past. From January 2023 up to the present, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Jordan has been actively involved in facilitating the deportation of approximately 120 stranded Sri Lankans, with the support extended by the Jordan authorities.
The Embassy officials visited the correction centers to ensure the welfare and safety during their stay. The stranded Sri Lankans were provided essential humanitarian support including medical assistance and access to basic necessities by the Jordanian authorities.
The Embassy wishes to strongly advise Sri Lankans not to arrive in Jordan on visit/tourist visas without a confirmed job opportunity and required visa. Many male and female Sri Lankans continue to fall victims of human smuggling and are subsequently subjected to deportation after being held in correction centers.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Jordan requests all Sri Lankans to seek overseas job opportunities legally and to register with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) before their departure.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
01 November 2023