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Employment opportunities in South Korea increase by 32%

Hon Thalatha AthukoraleThe migrant workers who left for South Korea for employment in 2016 has increased by 32 percent compared to 2015. In 2016 a total of 6,629 left for employment while it was only 5,007 in 2015.


In 2015, 1,319 found employment in the fisheries sector, 3,513 in the production sector, 170 in the construction sector and 3 in the agriculture and animal husbandry sector while one person secured employment in the medical sector.

In 2016, 2,163 found employment in the fisheries sector, 4,330 in the production sector, 118 in the construction sector, 6 in agriculture sector, 6 in the plantation sector, 5 in the fisheries industry and one person was employed in the manufactory of machinery, in South Korea.

At present around 35,000 Sri Lankans are employed in South Korea.

As a result of the Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala having successful discussions with the South Korean Minister of Labour, Sri Lanka was able to secure a higher amount of employment opportunities in the sectors of production, fisheries, construction, and services sector for Sri Lankans.

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