UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES FACED BY MIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

The objective of this Background Paper is to examine the nature of the specific psychosocial issues faced by migrant workers and their families in the process of labour migration and to provide in-depth information which will enable stakeholders to work towards better psychosocial support for labour migrants and their families. The preparation of this Background Paper was supported by the Swiss
Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The Paper looks at the different psychosocial issues that prompt / trigger labour migration, and also consequently the psychosocial issues that are caused by labour migration. This Paper looks at existing literature about all aspects of labour migration in Sri Lanka, gathers views of stakeholders and key informants through discussions and consultations, qualitative in-depth interviews with migrants and their families, and examines services currently available to migrants and families who encounter numerous hardships and psychosocial difficulties.

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