Mar 27, 2019

100,000 Sri Lankan refugees in India

About 100,000 refugees left the country during war are still living in South India, said the National Policy, Economic Affairs, Re-settlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Vocational Skills Development and Youth Affairs Ministry.

Nearly 65,000 people are living in refugee camps. The United Nations commissioner for refugees has estimated that some 30,000 Sri Lankan refugees are living outside.

However, 54 members of the 24 Tamil families, who left the country, are due to arrive in Sri Lanka yesterday (26) and on the 28th of this month.

They are expected to return to the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee and Trincomalee districts.

The returning people have received free air tickets to arrive in Sri Lanka.

The adult returnees will receive Rs. 10,000 transport allowance and Rs. 5,000 for youngsters.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees will provide food allowance as well.

The Ministry of Resettlement has decided to provide a sum of 25,000 rupees to construct temporary shelters, 3,000 rupees for equipment and 5,000 rupees to clear land.