Author Archive | Kolitha Wickramage

stylised image of inbound, outbound, internal migrant flows and the families left behind in Sri Lanka

How far are the ‘left behind’ left behind? The psychological and physical wellbeing of family members of international labour migrants.

International labor migration has become a crucial engine in economic development for many countries worldwide. Even though the enormous contribution from international migrant workers to Sri Lanka’s economic development is well documented, politically encouraged, socially accepted and commercially stimulated, little is known on the actual health and social consequences of the ‘left behind’ members of […]

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Irregular migration routes from Sri Lanka to Canada via West Africa. Blue indicates air routes and red markers represent the nine countries to which migrants entered before travelling via land routes to converge on a single port (Sierra Leone) to board a cargo vessel. Red dotted line represents the planned sea route. (Image developed by corresponding author. Map derived by Google maps).

Irregular migration: malaria re-introduction in elimination settings.

Irregular migration in the form of human smuggling and human trafficking is recognized as a global public health issue. Beyond the criminality and human rights abuse, irregular migration plays an important, but often forgotten, pathway for malaria re-introduction. We describe 32 cases of Plasmodium falciparum that were detected in 534 irregular migrants returning to Sri […]

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