The ILO publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies, relevant to Sri Lanka. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Office in Sri Lanka.


  1. Profile of labour migration in Sri Lanka

    08 February 2018

    Over the past five years there has been a steady increase in the annual number of migrant workers deployed and the remittances received from abroad. Several factors contribute to the growing numbers including the search for better paying jobs, poverty, climate change, natural disasters, conflict and social factors.

  2. Child labour in Sri Lanka: At a glance

    29 January 2018

    Sri Lanka has made substantial improvements in the child labour arena in recent decades– this is apparent from trends in working chil-dren, child labour and children in hazardous forms of child labour. Relative to 1999 , Sri Lanka has observed a drastic decline in the population of working children, which currently stands at 103,704. A sizeable decline has also occurred in hazardous forms of child labour, as of 2016


  1. Fishermen's Cooperative Society in Irrananimathanagar

    22 December 2017

    The brochure provides an overview of the Fishermen's Cooperative Society in Irrananimathanagar supported by Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) Project in Sri Lanka

  2. Taking the lead in reconciliation, employment creation, gender and value addition

    22 December 2017

    The brochure provides an overview of the Vavuniya North Fruit Grower's Cooperative Society supported by Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) Project in Sri Lanka

  3. Fostering workforce skills through education

    10 November 2017

    Empowered Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s development policy document, envisions reorienting the country toward a modern and high-value-adding economy that is able to compete effectively in the global market. Expanding the middle class and improving the living standards by creating 1 million jobs are at the core of the policy. This employment diagnostic study—Sri Lanka: Fostering Workforce Skills—seeks to support the realization of that vision.

  4. Labour market trends and skills profiles of Srilankan migrant workers in the construction industry in GCC countries

    09 August 2017

    This report specifically focuses on skills of migrant workers, in particular in the construction sector. Based on a trend analysis, the report reveals that there is an extensive gap in the skills that are supplied and those that are in demand. This issue has two dimensions. First, there is an overall shortage in the supply of labour from Sri Lanka. Second, the migrants do not have the skill-sets or qualifications that are in demand. The report further lays out possible factors that are exacerbating this gap and presents policy recommendations that address these identified factors.

  5. World of Work magazine: Migration should be a choice

    24 May 2017

    This year’s edition of the World of Work magazine highlights themes discussed by the ILO’s 106th International Labour Conference (ILC), including migration.

  6. Green Business Booklet

    12 May 2017

    Going green is not only good for the environment, but makes business sense too, as the greening of enterprises results in improved access to markets, higher productivity and cost savings. The Green Business Booklet is part of the Green Jobs packages and the Start and Improve Your Business series of products and helps aspiring entrepreneurs to come up with a green business idea and existing entrepreneurs to green their businesses.

  7. Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED)

    18 April 2017

    The brochure provides an overview of the Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) Project in Sri Lanka, highlighting the activities in the fruit and vegetable and fishery sectors.

  8. Mapping of the skills Assessment Procedures , Certification standards and Equivalencies between Sri Lanka, UAE & Kuwait

    03 February 2017

    At national level the labour migration policy in Sri Lanka highlights the way forward for the labour migration sector in Sri Lanka through the promotion of enhanced skills of migrant workers. Likewise, regional level dialogues such as the Colombo Process, recognize the need to study and discuss common procedures in recognizing the qualifications of workers from countries of origin in countries of destination, particularly in the GCC where there is a high demand for construction industry workers. Better and increased recognition of skills and qualifications of workers, has been identified as one of the five thematic areas under the Colombo Process. The CP Member States have endorsed “developing frameworks for skills training and recognition aligned with destination counties” as one of the recommendations specific to this thematic area in the Colombo Declaration 2016, which was adopted at the Fifth Ministerial Consultation of the CP in August 2016. This report seeks to map the existing skills certification requirements and standards in Sri Lanka, against the skills required by countries of destination such as United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait. It further highlights the equivalencies and gaps in the construction sector in the identified occupations and recommends measures to improve the implementation of the skills qualification framework and quality of training services of prospective Sri Lankan construction workers who seek employment in UAE and Kuwait.


  1. Code of conduct and guidelines to prevent and address sexual harassment in workplace

    20 September 2016

    The right to safe working conditions and equality in treatment at the workplace are inseparable from the right to work. The right to work can be seriously impaired with when employees are subjected to sexual and gender based forms of violence such as sexual harassment in the workplace.

  2. Measures to Increase Employment of Nationals in Expatriate Dominated Occupations and promote decent work among all workers

    31 August 2016

    The high dependence on foreign labour makes employment and migration two interdependent issues requiring a coordinated strategy. On the one hand, nearly half of the employed are foreigners , and not only they play a predominant role in low skilled occupations, but are numerous also among professionals and technicians. On the other hand, despite the buoyant economic growth that allowed the Maldives to reach the status of a middle-income country in 2011 , the labour market has been increasingly characterised by unemployment and discouragement.

  3. ILO Colombo E-Newsletter - 8th issue

    08 August 2016

    Welcome to the 8th issue of ILO Colombo’s newsletter. In this issue, you will find stories from our projects, updates on events and other information.

  4. Factors Affecting Women’s Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka

    01 July 2016

    Female labour force participation rate in Sri Lanka has remained at a low rate, between 30–35 per cent in the past two decades, which is surprising given the consistently high educational attainment levels and other social indicators of women in the country. While research has focused on the supply-side factors that have kept female labour force participation rate at low levels, data on demand-side constraints is sparse. This study aims to identify those demand-side constraints through direct data from key players.


  1. ILO Colombo E-Newsletter - 7th issue

    31 December 2015

    Welcome to the seventh issue of ILO Colombo’s newsletter. In this issue, you will find stories from our projects, updates on events and other information.

  2. Sub- Policy and National Action Plan on Return and Reintegration of Migrant Workers Sri Lanka

    10 December 2015

    The sub-policy document complements the National Labour Migration Policy and focuses on 5 strategies. It also contains a detailed Action Plan under each strategy.

  3. Migration Development Officers: Bringing services to the local community

    01 December 2015

    Policy brief on the work of Migration Development Officers at local level, the challenges they face and recommendations for better service delivery.

  4. Strengthening migrant workers' grievance handling processes

    01 December 2015

    Policy brief on types of migrant worker grievances, how they are addressed locally and through diplomatic missions overseas and mechanisms to establish comprehensive grievance handling in Sri Lanka.

  5. Accessing Information for Safe and Informed Migration

    01 November 2015

    Policy brief on the safe migration tools were designed and cascaded to the local level through government officers, their issues and challenges on sharing safe migration at local level.

  6. ILO Publications Catalogue 2015

    01 October 2015