The initial group of thirty individuals selected for jobs in the Israeli agricultural sector left Katunayake Airport yesterday (18) night. Another group of twenty is scheduled to depart tomorrow (19) morning, followed by an additional thirty in the evening, according to the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau.
Air tickets for the first batch of workers were distributed at a ceremony on International Migrants Day, presided over by Labor and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara.
Under a bilateral agreement, ten thousand workers are expected to be sent to Israel for employment in the agricultural sector in the next few weeks, as outlined by Minister Nanayakkara. He cautioned against giving money to middlemen for securing jobs in Israel, noting an agreement with Israel to repatriate workers who have paid such fees.
Additionally, Minister Nanayakkara mentioned Israel’s intention to hire twenty thousand workers for future jobs in the construction sector, further solidifying the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.