Thirty-one Sri Lankans who had been stranded in Kuwait for a long time without valid visas were arrived in the country this morning on temporary passports issued to them with the intervention of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait.
The group had been registered with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait. The group comprised 28 female domestic workers and three males.
Kuwait had earlier deported 33 Sri Lankans, comprising nine males and 24 females to Sri Lanka on September 12. Accordingly, 64 Sri Lankans have been deported from Kuwait within the span of two weeks. They were all registered with the Embassy and were Sri Lankans who had become stranded in the country without valid visas.
Most of the returnees are residents Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Galle, Matara and Monaragala.
An embassy spokesman said about 2000 Sri Lankans who have been stranded in Kuwait in this manner are currently registered with the embassy and efforts will be taken to send them all back in batches.
By T.K.G. Kapila